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Old 7th February 2009
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What's your native "workhorse"-comp?

I need a native channel-comp!

The stock-compressor in Logic 8 got better, but i'd like to have something different.

If i want to have some flavor i use the Abbeyroads-limiter, but i need something more versatile that i can strap on my channels.

I thought about buying the Waves Musician II Bundle, to get the Waves RComp.

Is this one still the simple solution for my needs or is there any native AU-competition?

Sonnox Dynamics is nice but as a single Plugin it's too pricey. Is it worth, buying the URS CSP because of it's comp-section?

What's your native "workhorse"-comp?
Old 7th February 2009
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good point don't have just "one size fits all" comp

Abby road on vocals or any mono instrument (sax flute etc etc)

waves ssl on drum mix ...always !!

urs 1980 on strings & pads (don't know why really just sounds good)

ik ampeg internal comp on bass

can never seem to make my mind up about guitars

sorry not much help i suppose
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I use the URS Channel Strip Pro comps. Iheard that it incorporates all the individual ones. I'm happy with it, and I really liked that I could rent-to-own.
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i think the metric halo channel strip is worth checking out. i'm really happy with it, and it's certainly affordable compared to a lot of the waves stuff.
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i must say i do really like the CL1B plug that comes as a demo with powercore.

since it ran out i tend to use the "powercore CL" plug and that seems to do a rather nice job on pretty much anything i put on it.
Old 7th February 2009 | Show parent
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Thanks everybody for your input!

Quote:
Originally Posted by nick-the-sax ➑️
i must say i do really like the CL1B plug that comes as a demo with powercore.
Sorry, but I'm looking for a native compressor.


Can anybody comment on the Waves RComp?
Old 7th February 2009 | Show parent
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I used to use the RComp a lot,,,was good at the time. I think others have surpassed it.

Try the Massey. At his prices you can never go wrong.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Steffmo ➑️
I used to use the RComp a lot,,,was good at the time. I think others have surpassed it.
Which affordable native comps have surpassed it?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steffmo ➑️
Try the Massey. At his prices you can never go wrong.
I would, but i'm looking for an native solution. I was quite sad when i heard that Mr. Massey quitted porting of his plugins to AU. But now i have to find my luck somewhere else..
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The Rocket by stillwell audio is really one beast of a compressor and at a price of $49.00 you'd be laughing.

http://www.stillwellaudio.com/?page_id=68
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i've had the r-comp for a long time.it works well.
it's a good one for strapping across multiple busses cause it's simple.
tresh/ratio/attack/release/gain and a warm button. also electro/opto button.
if you can get it as part of other plugs you like, it's worth it.
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I can say only good thigs about the sony comp....
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fingerbeats ➑️
The Rocket by stillwell audio is really one beast of a compressor and at a price of $49.00 you'd be laughing.
Yeah, the Rocket is a steal, but it's often too fast to be my "go-to"-comp. I wouldn't use a 1176 on every channel of my mix neither.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cavern ➑️
i've had the r-comp for a long time.it works well.
it's a good one for strapping across multiple busses cause it's simple.
tresh/ratio/attack/release/gain and a warm button. also electro/opto button.
if you can get it as part of other plugs you like, it's worth it.
The Musicians II bundle is about 150$ and includes 5 other plugins. But i think that i'd buy it because of the RComp..

Quote:
Originally Posted by huarez ➑️
I can say only good thigs about the sony comp....
The Sonnox Dynamics is a nice and clean comp. I like it. But as a single plugin it's almost too expensive! I'd buy the whole Elite bundle if i had the cash..
Old 8th February 2009 | Show parent
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Usually Waves & Blockfish. Wanna' try the new T-Racks comps...
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I would try a side by side demo of all of them on projects i know well. then wait for the launch of the "squeezetone" from tritone digital (not far away) then try this demo too, and make my choice.

i have lots of native comps and none of them do it all, the only one i tested but don't own that can go for a goto is the sonnox (pricey butdon't forget that you have gate, expander, limiter and warmth for this price), the one i own and prefer the cl1b.
the one i use for this purpose but not 110% happy with the Rcomp.
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I always end up using API 2500 on a lot of tracks, especially snare.
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I like to keep things simple. I stick with RComp for most of my ITB compression.

As mentioned above it is easy to use and sounds good.

These days, though, I try to compress as much as possible going in with hardware.
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FabFilter Pro-C - awesome sound, low CPU, very flexible.
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i've got waves platinum, studio classics, urs strip (haven't touched in months), and massey stuff... R Comp is definitely my workhorse / most used. Maybe I just know it really well because it's pretty much all I had before all that other stuff... but I still love it.
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RComp is definitely cool for alot of things. Not so great for me on guitars...I use the Vintage Warmer for that.

The Vintage Warmer is a pretty good compressor / saturator.
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Stillwell Rocket comp , best workhorse comp ever
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#1 Rcomp and Rvox
#2 Oxford
#3 Fabfilter
#4 sonalksis
#5 V-comp / api2500
those are the main itb native compressors i use.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DivineMusic ➑️
#1 Rcomp and Rvox
#2 Oxford
#3 Fabfilter
#4 sonalksis
#5 V-comp / api2500
those are the main itb native compressors i use.
failed to mention that sonalksis. man its sweet.
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I, too, love the Massey CT4, but I don't think it's native.
Old 9th February 2009 | Show parent
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Ok.. thank you everybody!

Seems like the RComp would be a good choice!
Old 9th February 2009 | Show parent
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I mostly end up using Ren Comp myself. Sometimes the SSL channel strip or bus compressor. The Rocket is definitely good for hard core Trashy Smashin, and a great bargain at that price. And the free BlockFish one mentioned above has it's uses as well for sure. It can do a great lo-fi, highly saturated thing. Sometimes Ren Axxe is useful as well.

But, these days, I try to use the Distressor as much as I can. Since I'm just recording myself, I can take the risk of using as much compression as I feel I'll need and try to avoid needing any software compression. If I guess wrong, then I only have myself to blame and I'll track it again. But, for BFD I still need software based ones. SSL and Ren Comp usually meet my needs.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by elmolemon ➑️
Ok.. thank you everybody!

Seems like the RComp would be a good choice!
The Renn compressor is a good all around compressor... it's easy to use and get a decent sound quickly. I use it when I'm more concerned about getting a good sound... and fast. But, not necessarily when I am trying to get the BEST sound.

I like the API 2500 in the Waves API collection, and also the Chandler EMI TG12413. Also, the Channel Strip Pro is a must have.
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I use Rvox all the time on vocals. There used to be two different Musician Bundles, one of which included a DeEsser. If that's still the case, I'd go for that one.

(One consideration - $150 is part way into a UAD card, which would be a better buy in the long run.)
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I think the Waves Musicians 2 bundle rocks.

RComp is great and easy to use
Rvox is excellent for vocals

you also get Supertap and Doubler (although Logic has delay covered very nicely!).

REQ is not bad either.

All the plugs are solid and very CPU efficient.

you're gonna have to get an iLok so overall you are looking at $150 for the bundle online and $40 for the iLok.
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Rcomp and McDSP CompressorBank here.

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