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Old 22nd July 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by lordmiguel ➑️
clearly a lot of different people are getting there different ways.
I just put vocals through my old dbx 160x and was surprised at how good it sounded. It did exactly what I needed.

-R
Old 22nd July 2009 | Show parent
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thermionic phoenix
Old 22nd July 2009 | Show parent
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So, beastie one......although you're clearly loving the bathing and revelling in the thoughts of squishy compression......what has this thread actually told you, that you didn't know already?....Or more to the point, what difference will it make ....as you'll still have to get 'em all in to test..........no? Go get 'em in already and make some choices!
Old 22nd July 2009 | Show parent
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for me, the fairchild 660.

simply the best sounding iv'e ever heard.

how does it compare to the tla100?
i have never used one.
i was going to say the Ear 660
i think we are in the same ballpark on this
Old 22nd July 2009 | Show parent
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I don't have a lot to choose from, so I use what I have, which is my DIY LA-2A. The LA-2A is great for vocals and bass, and often other things as well, not as one trick a poney to me as others seem to think it is.

Now that my DIY 1176 Rev D. is debugged I'll start using that as well where it works and/or the two of them in series, each working a little.
Old 22nd July 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Karloff70 ➑️
So, beastie one......although you're clearly loving the bathing and revelling in the thoughts of squishy compression......what has this thread actually told you, that you didn't know already?....Or more to the point, what difference will it make ....as you'll still have to get 'em all in to test..........no? Go get 'em in already and make some choices!
well my main man!

Im thinking some of 1176 or if i can get it a retro 176
A chandler TG1 for drums
A red 3
and we have the dbx's plus all those desk compressors

so about covered i reckon for now

but this seed was planted long time ago
Old 22nd July 2009 | Show parent
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The BAC-500 has pretty much taken over lead vocal duties here.

Smooth and aggressive sounding at the same time, somehow. More smooth than what I was mostly using before, a MC76, but just as aggressive.
Old 23rd July 2009
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id have to vote for the summit tla-100a
Old 23rd July 2009 | Show parent
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i've also been enjoying the distressor, but usually go for tubes on vox
Old 24th July 2009 | Show parent
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sta-level
Old 24th July 2009 | Show parent
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sta-level
Gawd I want one of those!! The last couple things I've mixed it's been:

Distressor --> Quad Eight MM61 (for a sweeeet 10K boost) --> Manley Elop. Not every single time, but more often than not.
Old 24th July 2009 | Show parent
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+1 Tube Tech CL1b
Old 5th August 2009 | Show parent
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Used to use LA2A most of the time, but now I use Sta Level much more often.
Old 5th August 2009 | Show parent
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The LA2A is the classic yardstick against which vocal compressors are measured. In this modern time you need more flavors and flexability.

I am surprised no one mentioned Pendulum OCL. The same compressor is also in the Quartet. These are great for mixing vocals. I have gotten my Quartet to sound very close to the sound of our vintage LA2A. Not quite as aggressive but tonally in the same ballpark almost identical compression response.
Old 5th August 2009 | Show parent
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not trying to hi-jack the thread... has anyone tried the Rupert Neve portico comp as a tracker or is that primarily for sub mixes etc..

I have one with the pre and it seems to work quite well in rather small doses. have not had it long enough to try it in conjuntion with other comps while tracking..
Old 5th August 2009 | Show parent
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I have always liked my Blackface 1176 and my LA-2A for Vocals, but I am wondering why only one guy has mentioned the API 525 so far.

Recently I have gotten GREAT results with this one (it's as fast as an 1176 but softer sounding), and I see the Chandler LTD-2 in the same or at leas similar camp. It's even rounder. Today I have multed lead vocals through the 525 and LTD-2. That sounds so lush and creamy that I don't feel the slightest need to even have a look at the 1176/LA-2A thing. Highly recommended!
Old 17th November 2010 | Show parent
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I also choose the CL 1B, as many top vocal engineers from around the world do too. It thickens up the vocals, and allows you to let the breath through with a slow attack setting.

The Neve 1073 and Tube-tech CL 1B is a popular combo.
Old 18th November 2010 | Show parent
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Urei la 3a.
Old 18th November 2010
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Best Lead Vocal Mix Compressor/s?

There is no such thing as a "Best Lead Vocal Mix Compressor/s". Proper mic technique is where it's at.
Old 18th November 2010 | Show parent
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I just put vocals through my old dbx 160x and was surprised at how good it sounded. It did exactly what I needed.

-R
Ditto. I like mine too.
Old 18th November 2010 | Show parent
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"best" compressor choice...

Faichild 660/70.. let's get real, it's as much as my car .If you could acquire and maintain it, it provides heat during the winter which is a cost savings!

Can't go wrong with LA-3A or 1176 black faces.. Tube Tech is awesome as well as the Fear DT7.
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