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Distressor / Trakker ??
Old 24th September 2002
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Distressor / Trakker ??

So .....

Anybody have both .. campared them ? Does the the Distressor win this kind of comparison walking away I somehow can't imagine this. The Trakker has similiar emulation capabilities and flexibility ... no

BTW .. anybody ever used an STC-8 to track with ... or is it it pretty much a mix bus animal yuktyy
Old 24th September 2002
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There is no winner, but I do use the Trakker more. The trakker is the "smoothin-est" compressor around imho. I can't imagine doing vocals without it....and it does do some pretty dang good impersonations of other gear. I've said it before, you won't believe how many dB of compression you are NOT hearing.

But it still don't do nasty like the distressor. I love it for snare and room mics.

Old 24th September 2002
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So it sounds like they would make good complimentry compressors then? Distressor for dirt and effects, tracker for vocals?
Old 24th September 2002
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The STC-8 is great for tracking, it has several flavours - all of which are great or better. Works real good on most sources, magical on some.

Old 24th September 2002
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The obvious answer... get them both!

Try as I might, I can't really get either to sound like the other. I probably use the Trakker more, but K+Sn mults through the Distressor are pure joy...

FWIW though - I *very* rarely would print a track with the Dist, but do so fairly often with the Trakker, and don't worry about it too much even with a fair amount of compression. Vocalists seem to love it.

Anybody compare a pair of linked Trakkers to an STC-8? The auto release and limiter sound handy, but I sure like the Trakker.

Old 25th September 2002
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Very CAN almost carelessly track thru the trakker. It is hard tomake it sound bad. (I love gear like that.)

They compliment each other very well....There aren't too many things you couldn't make sound a little better with these two.
Old 28th September 2002
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I have both an STC-8 and a pair of Distressors in my rack and they are TOTALLY different animals. Can't speak for the Trakker but if it's anything like the STC-8.... I would venture to guess it's gonna be relatively transparent overall, I mean I REALLY have to work to make my STC-8 "pump" or "grab". Seems like Dave Hill is more of a "subtle" kind of guy, I can barely hear the difference between the KI and HARA modes on this box... and I have to smack the hell out of the GR before I get any kind of aggression out of it. (Which can be a good thing, sometimes transparent is whatcha want. Neat for invisible mixbuss comping or vocal levelling.)

The Distressor OTOH seems like a total "color" box and makes drums, loops, etc. go from tame to insane. Frankly I enjoy playing with the Distressors a lot more than the STC, cuz I honestly can't hear the damn STC working most of the time and the Distressors just make everything sound so huge and godlike and rude. I suppose the preference might be reversed if I were working on audiophile jazz records, though.

Anyway the two are VERY different boxes! You MUST have both! Sell off your firstborn and visit your dealer!

BTW - Yes I do track thru the STC every once in awhile, if I want that "invisible" compression on the way in. I almost never track thru the Distressor on the other hand, since it is such an "effect"-type box and best reserved for mixdown skullduggery (IMO at least).
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