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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Thu May 16, 2019 8:52 am

I look forward to the launch of your series of Logic presets for 'vintage' Behringer compressors, then. Naturally, you'd model the dodgy input on the GUI, for extra realism.
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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Eddy Deegan » Thu May 16, 2019 9:34 am

desmond wrote:I just dug out my old Behringer Composer from the roof, which I haven't used for many years

Ha, the first hardware compressor I ever bought was a Behringer Autocom in 1994. I was a little late to the 'have a working home studio' thing, as previous to that all my recording work was done using workstation sequencers.

Subsequently to that I bought a Behringer Composer, and Behringer Multicom (I think that was the name - it had 4 compressors in 1U which I used as group inserts). I have no idea what happened to the Composer and the Multicom... I think I gave them away when I bought my first DAW but I really can't remember.

For those of us on a really tight budget at the time, Behringer were pretty handy actually.

Edit: Ha, found an old picture of them I took while setting up my home studio in my old house a few years later in 2002 :-)

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It was quite a nice space for synth work actually (due to the panoramic camera, the space between the monitors was less than it appears to be):

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Nowadays, that house is a holiday cottage of all things. They kept a bunch of the renovations I'd done on the place as features though (including the rainbow lights, which I rather miss to this day). My old studio is now just a bedroom!

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And to tail off the diversion down memory lane :lol: this is what it was like before I started (I'd only just bought the house):

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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby desmond » Thu May 16, 2019 9:51 am

It's a copy of the Drawmer DL241 internally, apparently - that one retails at about £600...

The controls are a bit fiddly to use, but it came off sounding much better than I was expecting (or maybe the Logic Compressor is just not very good... ;) ).

Edit: Eddy, the Composer there with the coloured buttons is a later generation, where the manufacturing and build were much cheaper, with surface mount components. Mine, the MDX2100 version with black buttons, was the last of the through-hole construction phase and is pretty solidly built...

What were you recording to in that studio pic? Straight to DAT?
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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Eddy Deegan » Thu May 16, 2019 9:56 am

desmond wrote: Eddy, the Composer there with the coloured buttons is a later generation, where the manufacturing and build were much cheaper, with surface mount components. Mine, the MDX2100 version with black buttons, was the last of the through-hole construction phase and is pretty solidly built...

Phew, I feel less bad about having lost it/given it away now ;)
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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Eddy Deegan » Thu May 16, 2019 10:18 am

desmond wrote:What were you recording to in that studio pic? Straight to DAT?

Sometimes, but more usually to the Fostex D2424 which is hidden behind the desk in the pic above. Here's a better view:

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It was a really nice little setup actually. I really wish I had the space to re-create it. Even though my current house is much bigger, all the decent sized rooms are spoken for (wife and children!) thus I'm somewhat crammed into a (nicely) converted single garage which serves as both office and studio, though at some point I'd quite like to bite the bullet and convert the loft, in which case I'll have an 8m x 6m open-plan space with a nice view, but I suspect that I'll end up putting the money into my next house move.

I have plans to buy (and retire to) a smallholding in the middle of nowhere in Wales in 2 - 5 years depending how things go, but at that point I'll be buying with a view to having a dedicated, and hopefully fairly large, studio space again ;)
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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby desmond » Thu May 16, 2019 10:26 am

Ah nice!

I still have my DA-20 in it's box too... :thumbup:
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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu May 16, 2019 10:54 am

Eddy Deegan wrote:but more usually to the Fostex D2424 which is hidden behind the desk in the pic above.

Ah, I started (after playing around with a cassette multi tracker) with Fostex D Series machines, D90 then a D160. I really liked them, very straightforward, well thought out machines. Still quite miss them.

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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu May 16, 2019 11:15 am

Akai DR8 and 16 for me, brilliant machines and I still have one or two of the silver Berry Composers. They got the job done. My DA20 is in the studio rack next to the Mackie SDR24 (both rarely switched on these days).
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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Bob Bickerton » Thu May 16, 2019 11:23 am

Luxury! When I were a lad I used a National portable cassette deck, and prior to that we used to scrape wax off old cardboard boxes found in t’ middle of the road and used sparrow beaks to carve out wax cylinders....... tut, the youth of today........

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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Bob Bickerton » Thu May 16, 2019 11:25 am

As to compression........ we just held the sparrow tightly........

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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu May 16, 2019 11:29 am

Cheep-skate!

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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Eddy Deegan » Thu May 16, 2019 11:31 am

Bob Bickerton wrote:As to compression........ we just held the sparrow tightly........

Unconventional, but I suppose anything that allows a raise in the average signal level counts :lol:
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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby Bob Bickerton » Thu May 16, 2019 11:39 am

Aye.... you could also use sparrows to apply expansion...... but forum rules wouldn’t allow me to explain how that’s done....... :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:

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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby nathanscribe » Fri May 17, 2019 12:53 pm

I've been using an ART Pro VLAii for a while, for mono and stereo sources, and it's always produced pleasing results without much fuss. But one channel has keeled over and I've yet to fix it, so in the meantime I'm using (Harrison) MIxbus' stock channel and bus compressors. Control is pretty limited (no pun intended) but they are handy and you can side-chain the buses, which is more than my ART can.

I notice Gramotech have just launched their new Pompeii multiband compressor (a touch under 30 quid at the time of writing). I've yet to put that through its paces, but if it's anything like their Babylon EQ it should be pretty decent.
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Re: If you could only have one compressor plugin to use for everything, what would it be?

Postby ITHertz » Sat May 18, 2019 6:50 am

Hard to pick a single compressor as I try to pick and use things that fulfil a specific role in my workflow i.e. a fast compressor for transient control, a slow compressor for levelling, a transparent compressor for sneakily compressing things, etc. Also, features like external sidechain or a gain reduction trace are important yet it's surprising how few plug-ins support these things.

DC8C3 - Best all-around
bx_console N – Good general purpose
Summit Grand Channel - Slow, also saturation
TB BusCompressor 3 - Clean
TDR Kotelnikov GE - Clean RMS but not Peak

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