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The Hardware Compressor & Limiter Comparison Thread (With Audio Files)
Old 16th June 2014 | Show parent
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Great Thread! Probs the best on testing buss comps I've heard!
big ask - can I request the Foote Control P3S included in this?
Old 16th June 2014 | Show parent
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Great Thread! Probs the best on testing buss comps I've heard!
Thanks!

I'm really glad we've had so many people participate and post.

I just picked up a pair of BAE 10DCs and I will be posting clips when I get through this huge project I'm working on.

The Ghost
Old 23rd June 2014 | Show parent
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Request

I had a request from davehall6162 for the following settings.

Syrupy goodness, enjoy!

Manley Vari-Mu (6386 tubes).

1-3 dB gain reduction
Compression Mode
Slowest attack
Recovery Fastest
HP SC In
Unlinked

The Ghost
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Attached Files

Manley Vari-Mu Take 2.mp3 (1.13 MB, 6415 views)

Manley Vari-Mu Take 2.wav (7.49 MB, 5953 views)

Old 24th June 2014 | Show parent
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BAE 10DC

1-3 dB gain reduction
Compression On
Limiter Off
Fastest Attack 2mS
Recovery Auto A2
Ratio 1.5:1
Gain Make-Up 2dBu
Linked
.
Attached Files

10DC A2.mp3 (1.13 MB, 7505 views)

10DC A2.wav (7.49 MB, 7063 views)

Old 24th June 2014 | Show parent
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BAE 10DC

1-3 dB gain reduction
Compression On
Limiter Off
Fastest Attack 2mS
Recovery Auto A1
Ratio 1.5:1
Gain Make-Up 2dBu
Linked
.
Attached Files

10DC A1.mp3 (1.13 MB, 7252 views)

10DC A1.wav (7.49 MB, 6990 views)

Old 24th June 2014 | Show parent
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BAE 10DC

1-3 dB gain reduction
Compression On
Limiter Off
Fastest Attack 2 mS
Recovery Fastest 100 mS
Ratio 1.5:1
Gain Make-Up 2dBu
Linked
.
Attached Files

10DC Fast.mp3 (1.13 MB, 7152 views)

10DC Fast.wav (7.49 MB, 7050 views)

Old 24th June 2014 | Show parent
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BAE 10DC

1-3 dB gain reduction
Compression On
Limiter Off
Slowest Attack 80 mS
Recovery Fastest 100 mS
Ratio 2:1
Gain Make-Up 2dBu
Linked
.
Attached Files

10DC Slow.mp3 (1.13 MB, 7149 views)

10DC Slow.wav (7.49 MB, 7001 views)

Old 24th June 2014 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ghostwriter ➑️
I had a request from davehall6162 for the following settings.

Syrupy goodness, enjoy!

Manley Vari-Mu with 6386 tubes.
1-3 dB gain reduction
Compression Mode
Slowest attack
Recovery Fastest
HP SC In
Unlinked

The Ghost
.

Thanks so much for this ghost. Very impressive stuff from the Manley here. I don't here any narrowing of stereo imaging that people usually complain about on this unit. I guess it really comes down to the settings used also.
I actually think it sounds quite close to the pair of retros now, when level matched. The center is a little more focused/3D in the Manley clip while the retros have a hair more energy at the sides. Both sound very 'recordish'...but there is something familiar about that Manley sound

Great great thread!

Dave
Old 24th June 2014 | Show parent
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Any Thermionic Phoenix units out there...would be nice to hear as these two units get compared a lot.
Old 24th June 2014 | Show parent
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Here's one with the limiter on too.

BAE 10DC

2-4 dB gain reduction
Compression On
Slowest Attack 80 mS
Recovery Fastest 100 mS
Ratio 1.5:1
Limiter On
Slow
Recovery 100 mS
Gain Make-Up 3 dBu
Linked
.
Attached Files

10DC Limit.mp3 (1.13 MB, 7231 views)

10DC Limit.wav (7.49 MB, 6961 views)

Old 25th June 2014 | Show parent
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Vac Rac TSL3

BurlB80 DA, Lavry Ad122-96 MK3 AD

-1.5DB Gain Reduction
Output 6.5
Vac Rac TSL3 sounds spectacular...like drums on steroids. Hope someone posting the Aurora gtq2 sample.
Old 28th June 2014
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this is really a tremendous set of examples...thanks to all involved.

Things that stand out to me:

Anamod ATS1 sounds great (probably needed to be mixed into but anyways)
The Stereo 176 - WOW! Incredible energy it brings to the mix. Very sad its so expensive - by far my favorite.
Xpressor is a good clean compressor.
Distressor doesnt sound bad as a stereo bus compressor - although quite coloured.
10DC seems good.
Obsidian is nice - but SSL types quite similar.
Old 29th August 2014 | Show parent
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I'll run a test with Vertigo VSC-2 when I get back to the studio. Can't wait to check these out!
I'd still like to hear this.

The best bang for buck has got to be the Overstayer FET. Sounds as good or better than units many times as expensive.
Old 14th September 2014 | Show parent
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Sick track! Who's the artist? Where can I hear more?
Old 14th September 2014 | Show parent
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Sick track! Who's the artist? Where can I hear more?
It's in the original post.
Old 14th September 2014
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would be cool to have the Serpent and IGS SSL clones added on this excellent resource...
Old 14th September 2014 | Show parent
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Quote:
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It's in the original post.
Oops! I totally missed that. Thanks.
Old 6th October 2014
  #78
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Serpent Audio SB4000 (original 19" single RU):
1-2 dB gain reduction
Ratio 2:1
Attack 10
Release: Auto
HPF: OFF

I'm glad I could give others the opportunity to hear this beast! I literally just imported the track to my DAW, used the suggested settings and printed. Didn't compare to the other SSL tracks or anything to try and get it closer. Just wanted to capture this sweet baby's character right off. I had the INTERNAL SIDECHAIN button set to "MONO" which seems to give the unit more character while under G/R, but depressing the button puts the internal sidechain in STEREO operation which has a cleaner and kind of... less obvious sound.

I was happy to hear just how close my unit sounds to the FX384 posted !
Attached Files

GS - SB4000 2 10 AUTO.wav (7.50 MB, 6957 views)

Old 9th November 2014 | Show parent
  #79
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igs s-type

Here's the S-Type:

First 2 are basic settings: Attack 30, Release Auto, Ratio 2:1, 100% wet, 5 or 6 db of makeup gain. Only difference is the sc filter @120 Hz in the second one (written in filenames also).

3 is more drastic (but blended with uncompressed signal): Attack 10, Release 0.6, Ratio 4:1, 50% wet, sc 120 Hz

GR-X-Max in the filename tells how much reduction was going on with the loudest peak.

Converters are RME ADI-8 QS, sommer cables (galileo in, square out i think)

here's the first settings:
Attached Files

IGS S-TYPE_GR8dbMax_Att30_RelAuto_ScOff.wav (7.55 MB, 7681 views)

IGS S-TYPE_GR8dbMax_Att30_RelAuto_ScOff.mp3 (1.14 MB, 6744 views)


Last edited by lou latch; 9th November 2014 at 02:54 PM.. Reason: uploaded incorrectly
Old 9th November 2014 | Show parent
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igs s-type

all three samples are normalled to -24db RMS, so that's the reason for the loudness differences.

second settings with sc-hpf @ 120Hz:
Attached Files

IGS S-TYPE_GR4dbMax_Att30_RelAuto_Sc120.wav (7.55 MB, 7555 views)

IGS S-TYPE_GR4dbMax_Att30_RelAuto_Sc120.mp3 (1.14 MB, 6569 views)

Old 9th November 2014 | Show parent
  #81
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igs s-type

and number 3:
Attached Files

IGS S-TYPE_GR10dbMax_Att10_Rel0point6_Sc120_Mix50-50.wav (7.55 MB, 7514 views)

IGS S-TYPE_GR10dbMax_Att10_Rel0point6_Sc120_Mix50-50.mp3 (1.14 MB, 6574 views)

Old 10th November 2014
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thanks Lou and the1984 will listen asap
Old 13th December 2014 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 4blades ➑️
here's my contribution
QES Labs Variable Gm tube stereo compressor, with 6386 tubes
That is really adding a lot of low end. My subs are rumbling.
Are you adding any EQ?
Old 16th December 2014 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ghostwriter ➑️
That is really adding a lot of low end. My subs are rumbling.
Are you adding any EQ?
Thanks for pointing that. I've uploaded the correct files.

QES Labs Variable Gm tube stereo compressor
Att 20mS Rel 0.7S

file 1 4dB GR, makeup 6,
file 2 6dB gr.
dual mono (unlinked).
Attached Files

Variable Gm GR4db mu 6 .mp3 (1.13 MB, 7034 views)

Variable Gm GR4db mu 6 .wav (7.49 MB, 7033 views)

Variable Gm GR6dB.mp3 (1.13 MB, 6970 views)

Variable Gm GR6dB.wav (7.49 MB, 6934 views)

Old 16th December 2014 | Show parent
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Thanks for pointing that. I've uploaded the correct files.
No problem.

I can sure hear the 6386 tubes characteristics, especially in the second file.
Very nice, thanks for posting those.
Old 5th January 2015 | Show parent
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Old World Audio U33

Really Cool Thread. Thought I'd add the OWA U33.

The knob settings aren't marked in ms or dB, but I'll say it's a mild setting that's just tapping the meters under 1dB, fast attack, medium release, about 2 (out of 10) on the makeup gain.
Attached Files
File Type: aif U33 OWA.aif (7.51 MB, 395 views)
Old 11th January 2015
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Nice thread. Here is a sample of my Regular John Recording Sick Sick Sick Buss Comp. Settings are as follows....

Ratio 4.1
Attack 10
Release Auto
Threshold is taking off between 2 and 3 db
Side Chain at 60
Lundahl Transformer Engaged
Attached Files

Regular John Recording Sick Sick Sick.wav (8.59 MB, 5685 views)

Old 12th February 2015 | Show parent
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Gyraf,

Could you please ONLY post compression examples using the supplied audio files from the first post?

Thanks.

Last edited by ghostwriter; 12th February 2015 at 02:56 AM..
Old 12th February 2015 | Show parent
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Darn, I forgot to read the rules. Sorry!

moved to https://www.gearslutz.com/board/gear...x-aka-g10.html

Jakob E.

Last edited by gyraf; 12th February 2015 at 09:38 AM.. Reason: ..movement..
Old 12th February 2015 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gyraf ➑️
Darn, I forgot to read the rules. Sorry!
No worries.
Thanks for moving them to a new thread.

The Ghost

Last edited by ghostwriter; 13th February 2015 at 12:52 AM..
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