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Old 20th May 2006
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Best Plug-In Compressor??

I have the Bomb Factory plug-ins but don't find them to be quite up to my standards. Those of you that have a compressor plug-in that you can't live without, let me know!! Of course since I don't love any of the compressor plug-ins that I own I just go outboard and use my Drawmer Six-Pack!! But I would love to get a few great plug-in comps.

Thanks!!

J.D.
Old 20th May 2006
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best to do a search on this one dude 'cos it's been hammered to death here recently.

But....I'll suggest a few usual suspects:

UAD Ultra Pak for a bunch of good stuff
Sonalksis 317
Waves SSL

Wait for SSL Duende Hard/Soft comps eq's

Wait for Focusrite Liquid Mix for a whole freakin bunch of, (hopefully cool) compressors - forget wheteher they 'sound like the originals', the 40 or so emulations should have you spoilt for 'good' compressor choice.

Good Luck.
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Thanks for the advice...
I'll do a search.

One question: do I need a PCI slot for the Universal Audio plug-ins?... I don't have one on my iMac G5..

I will check out the SSL plug-in soon.


Cheers,
J.D.
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PSP VW rocks, IMHO.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdjustice
Thanks for the advice...
I'll do a search.

One question: do I need a PCI slot for the Universal Audio plug-ins?... I don't have one on my iMac G5.

Yes you do .....I have been very interested to buy UAD but I would much rather wait for the Liquid Mix now that i'ts about to come out because it's firewire and I can use it on my G5 Dual desktop or on the new macintel Powerbooks when they start to appear, same with SSL Duende. So I'm kinda glad I did not just buy a UAD.

By the way, check out this video made by the guy at Dancetech on the Liquid Mix - he went to Focusrites HQ and auditioned the unit - looks very funky. http://www.dancetech.com/aa_dt_new/index.cfm
Old 20th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdjustice
I have the Bomb Factory plug-ins but don't find them to be quite up to my standards. Those of you that have a compressor plug-in that you can't live without, let me know!! Of course since I don't love any of the compressor plug-ins that I own I just go outboard and use my Drawmer Six-Pack!! But I would love to get a few great plug-in comps.

Thanks!!

J.D.
Try Sony Oxford Dynamics; to me that's the most useful Plugin comp I've got....
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Samplitudee/SequoiaΒ΄s am track rulez!!!
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The new UAD-1 PCIe (Express) card has just been released...

www.uaudio.com
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Give also a try to Voxengo Marquis Compressor!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by noiseflaw
Wait for Focusrite Liquid Mix for a whole freakin bunch of, (hopefully cool) compressors - forget wheteher they 'sound like the originals', the 40 or so emulations should have you spoilt for 'good' compressor choice.
Wow I just checked this out and it looks awesome! Wonder what the price will be..... I found it on Sweetwater and it said MSRP $999, so it seems it might be quite inexpensive and a great value! That is, of course, if the compressors are up to par. But I bet they will be cool. I don't really care if they sound like the originals, I just want to have many choices and this product offers it!

Thanks NoiseFlaw!

J.D.
Old 20th May 2006
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blockfish
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Blockfish is bloody nice for free!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by baikonour
The new UAD-1 PCIe (Express) card has just been released...

www.uaudio.com
Does anyone know if it's faster/more powerful then the old one? Hard to find any info on their site.

/Cojo
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Originally Posted by cheeky b
Blockfish is bloody nice for free!

Yep it is !

W***s ren comp is also worth a look. And make sure you get the free ssl talkback compresser. It won't work for everyone thats for sure but it worth having
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I have to say compressorbank
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Compressor Bank by a long, long way.

JR
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bunnerabb
PSP VW rocks, IMHO.
It doth.

The 1176LN / LA-2A are nice on the UAD-1.

Those would be 3 that make it on every mix of mine.

War
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I'd say the Empirical Labs Distressor



oh wait. that isn't a plug-in.

sorry

Old 20th May 2006 | Show parent
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compressor bank on C3 setting and blockfish.

Every now and again the focusrite red comp too.
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psp VW
voxengo marquis
uad, la2a,1176ln (not se version), fairchild
kjaerhus unipressor
blockfish
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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Huh?

Quote:
Originally Posted by bunnerabb
PSP VW rocks, IMHO.

Sorry, I am ignorant to what this abbreviation stands for.... I got the IMHO part of course, just not the PSP VW part!

Thanks,

J.D.
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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I don't have a whole lot of plug-in compressors, but my new fav is the compressor in the Waves SSL Channel. The Waves SSL 2-bus comp isn't too shabby either.

#2 would be the BombFactory 1176. Or whatever it is they call it these days.
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The Chandler EMI is stunning.

Fairchild 670 is my second fave, used to be my first & go-to.

Jim
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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PSP VW = Professional Sound Projects Vintage Warmer.

This was the first plug I ever bought, and has proven to be the most used. It takes a while to fully figure it out, but it's a very powerful tool.

www.pspaudioware.com
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mb66
PSP VW = Professional Sound Projects Vintage Warmer.

This was the first plug I ever bought, and has proven to be the most used. It takes a while to fully figure it out, but it's a very powerful tool.

www.pspaudioware.com

Thanks for the info; I just downloaded the eval version and from what I have heard over the last 15 minutes this is a good product (I used it on a previous PT session's vocal tracks)...

I tried to download the Sonalksis SV-315 Compressor; I went through the installation process, it said it was installed, but now I cannot find it in Pro Tools!! Neither the inserts or the AudioSuite menu list the Sonalksis plug-in. What am I doing wrong here? I may have to post this in computer music and see if someone has had a similar problem or if I am just an idiot (probably the latter).

Cheers,
J.D.
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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I still keep going back to Sonic Timeworks CompressorX... older plug but it really hasn't failed me yet... CompressorBank totally smokes too..!!

http://www.sonictimeworks.com/p_compx.php
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Space Cowboy
I still keep going back to Sonic Timeworks CompressorX... older plug but it really hasn't failed me yet... CompressorBank totally smokes too..!!

http://www.sonictimeworks.com/p_compx.php
This looks cool unfortunately I am on a Mac and when I try to install it tries to bring up OS 9 which isn't even on my system. So I read the documentation and it said, yep, Windoze only. Too bad for me. Good to know about though; I'll tell my PC-user friends about it and then I can hear it in action!

Cheers,

J.D.
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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The URS 1970 & 1980, Waves Ren Compressor, Ren Vox, and the Waves SSL... Also, the Sonalksis compressor is pretty good!
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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Sonalksis EQ too??

So it's been established that the Sonalksis Compressor is very good; how about the Sonalksis EQ?? The bundle of the compressor/eq is $400 USD; the comp and eq alone are $240 USD each. So I would save $40 if I bought the bundle vs the individual products.

But is the EQ on par with other "great" EQ plug-ins or is it just mediocre, IYHO??


Thanks,

J.D.
Old 22nd May 2006 | Show parent
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But is the EQ on par with other "great" EQ plug-ins
Yes.
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