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imalrightjack



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Hardware compressor advice... new
      #478589 - 27/06/07 05:56 PM
Hi all

I am wondering if anybody has any thoughts on the need of a hardware compressor with my gear and also any you might recommend on a budget.

I have a dual Intel iMac, Metric Halo mobile I/O and mics such as the Neumann TLM 103 and use Logic Pro 7.

Any thoughts?

Thanks.

Steve

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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: imalrightjack]
      #478652 - 27/06/07 07:32 PM
I have several hardware compressors and love them.

BUT... in your position, get a UAD card. Much better value and some fabulous compressors (plus EQs, reverbs etc) available to you.

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Edited by Steve Hill (27/06/07 07:33 PM)


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imalrightjack



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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: Steve Hill]
      #478655 - 27/06/07 07:35 PM
What's a UAD card?

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Re: Hardware compressor advice... [Re: imalrightjack]
      #478659 - 27/06/07 07:39 PM
http://www.uaudio.com/products/digital/projectpak/index.html

Have a butchers.


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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: imalrightjack]
      #478669 - 27/06/07 07:56 PM
I should have said, also look at the Focusrite Liquid Mix....

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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: imalrightjack]
      #478820 - 28/06/07 04:51 AM
What's your budget?

I have little experience with the Focusrite LiquidMix and none at all with the UAD suite. A good stand-alone hardware compressor that doesn't break the bank is the FMR Really Nice Compressor. Sounds good on almost anything.

Drawmer stuff is generally good, too.

Cheers,
Frank


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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: Frank Eleveld]
      #478840 - 28/06/07 07:57 AM
Budget would be around £150, so the Liquid Mix is pushing it. Still, maybe better to save up?

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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: Steve Hill]
      #478906 - 28/06/07 09:52 AM
Quote Steve Hill:

in your position, get a UAD card.




do imac's have pcie?


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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: imalrightjack]
      #478911 - 28/06/07 09:56 AM
I'd save up. There's not much hardware out there for £150 which sounds good. With the Liquid Mix you get pretty rock solod emulations of 40 world class compressors and 20 EQs, and you can use 32 instances of it in a 44.1k mix.

There's no CPU overhead as it's done with outboard DSP. And there's a funky outboard controller with knobs and meters which makes it as usable as an outboard compressor (once you get your head round the idea of the knobs doing different things depending on which emulation you're using!).

You might get a second hand UAD card for £150 - there were a few in Readers Ads last time I looked. A lot of people are unloading the old PCI cards in favour of new PCIe cards at the moment (to fit Intel Macs).

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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: imalrightjack]
      #478920 - 28/06/07 10:04 AM
might get totally shot down here but afaik imacs have no pci or pcie so how can he use a UAD?


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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: trackstar]
      #478969 - 28/06/07 11:12 AM
I have an Intel iMac so could I run one of those cards?

The liquid mix sounds great.

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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: imalrightjack]
      #478973 - 28/06/07 11:28 AM
Quote greenfeld69:

I have an Intel iMac so could I run one of those cards?




Assuming you're meaning the UAD card Steve mentioned, then the answer is a resounding "nope".

Quote greenfeld69:


The liquid mix sounds great.




That it does!

Well worth saving up a few more bunts for. As mentioned above £150 won't buy you an awful lot of outboard compression. (Not that'd be worth investing in over what you already have available to you in Logic at least!)


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Re: Hardware compressor advice... new [Re: imalrightjack]
      #479011 - 28/06/07 12:54 PM
Looks like it's saving up time!

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