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Old 23rd May 2006
Gear Nut
🎧 15 years

What's up gearslutz.

I'm in the process of ordering up some more outboard and am just trying to see what pieces you guys are finding to be indispensable these days. I would be outputting a couple of subgroup stereo busses in ProTools out to these compressors, basically replacing plugin compressors with the real thing.

I was wondering what everyones favorite outboard STEREO compressors are for:

1) electric guitars buss

2) acoustic guitars buss

3) background vocals buss

4) drums/perc buss

5) synths buss

6) bass [mono]

Any and all recommendations/reviews would be greatly appreciated

chris rojas
Old 23rd May 2006
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James Lehmann's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Dude - this subject has been whacked to death on this Forum - there's pages and pages of good opinion and information about compressors here for all the applications you list. Have you found the "search" button?
Old 23rd May 2006 | Show parent
In the spirit of a forum, I will answer your question.

1) electric guitars buss
I tend to not buss these. If I did, I think a pr. of Distressors would be nice.

2) acoustic guitars buss
Same here, I tend not to buss these. Most likely a pr. of Distressors or Dakings for versatility.
This one can go two different ways for me depending on if the gtrs are more of a pad OR a percussive element.

3) background vocals buss
ELOP - Gooey and delicious. I usually hit it hard.

4) drums/perc buss
SSL 384 - -4-6db, 4:1, and I like the sound of the gain in this unit so, I tend to come back into the converter a little hard OR Dakings for a less aggressive feel.

5) synths buss
No idea here. I don't ever use/track synths

6) bass [mono]
ELOP(or)1176(or)DCL-200 into Distressor. I have no consistency with Bass or bass players. I almost try something different every time and have no real "go-to"

Let me close this with:
I suck. If your taking advice from me you're fuqd, but here it is anyway.

Good luck!

Old 23rd May 2006 | Show parent
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beechstudio's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Here's what I use:

Guitars- Pair of LA4's

Drum Buss- Joemeek SC2/ DBX 160x's

Bass- ADL 1000
Old 23rd May 2006 | Show parent
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Surfkat's Avatar
🎧 15 years
These are the favorite flavors at our house.

Elec. Gtrs - pair of LA3As

Acoustic Gtrs - LA3As for agressive, Drawmer 251 for transparent.

Drum Bus (usually in paralell) - Drawmer 1969 or SSL

Bass - DBX 160VU. Bass players can vary alot in there playing styles. Sometimes you have to try different comps and often it might be a combination.

Hope this helps.
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