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HCL Islander vs Varis
Old 15th March 2021
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HCL Islander vs Varis

Hello,

Been doing lots of reading about the Varis and listening to the big compressor shootout, and close to getting it, but am intrigued by the Islander. There doesn't seem to be a lot about it. Has anyone used both, how do they compare?
Old 15th March 2021
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I found the Islander files in the comparison thread, but still prefer the Varis. Still quite torn between that and the Phoenix though. I have a bunch of VCA compressors, no vary mu though, hmm :/
Old 17th March 2021 | Show parent
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I found the Islander files in the comparison thread, but still prefer the Varis. Still quite torn between that and the Phoenix though. I have a bunch of VCA compressors, no vary mu though, hmm :/
If I were you, I'd order a Varis without second thoughts. The Designer is a top class Engineer, amazing background, and for the price this unit is a steal considering what's inside, the different options etc.
It's all hand made, with top quality tubes etc. You can't go wrong with it
Old 18th March 2021
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Yeah, I think your right!
Old 30th March 2021
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Originally Posted by toddd_r ➡️
Hello,

Been doing lots of reading about the Varis and listening to the big compressor shootout, and close to getting it, but am intrigued by the Islander. There doesn't seem to be a lot about it. Has anyone used both, how do they compare?
These are very different compressors.Varis has PP schematic ,Islander-SE,and much more.I'll see what we have from the files of these two compressors.
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Old 31st March 2021 | Show parent
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...I'll see what we have from the files of these two compressors.
Thanks
Old 31st March 2021
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I managed to find these files so far. One file is a bypass, the second file is Islander.
https://soundcloud.com/user-842263584/sets/islander
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