RNC1773 — Really Nice Compressor
What It Is
FMR Audio's first product, introduced over 18 years ago, the Really Nice Compressor (RNC) is a compact and cost-effective stereo compressor with a high-fidelity audio path and compression scheme. The RNC provides quality compression at a budget price.
How It Sounds
The RNC provides two modes of operation. One allows the RNC to be used for special effects, like snappy snares or popping basses. The other provides near-invisible signal compression for sensitive material where compression artifacts are less desirable (like natural vocals, acoustic guitar or the program bus). The RNC yields clean, airy compression with few artifacts and little high-end loss, even at massive gain reduction! The amazing performance is why—even after almost 20 years—many professionals are calling the RNC one of the best sounding compressors for under $2000.
How It's Done
The RNC achieves such high performance at a low cost by using using a microprocessor to replace discrete sidechain components (resistors, diodes, capacitors, opamps, transistors, etc) with chunks of software, thereby reducing the component cost. This approach, however, still processes the main audio in the analog domain, avoiding the problems associated with digital audio conversion (e.g., latency, digital artifacts). Even the problem of "scratchy" pots and switches are avoided: no audio flows through the front-panel controls. The front-panel pots and swtiches merely feed DC voltages to the microprocessor and it takes care of adjusting parameters and signal path with components—like sealed-relays and VCAs—located close to the input/output jacks avoiding noise pickup and audio quality reduction due to aging controls! With this blend of technology, the RNC offers the accuracy and precision of digital control with the clean tonal character of an all-analog signal path. The RNC's digital control permits accurate repeatability of your favorite settings.
— Main Features —
• Stereo compressor in 1/3 rack size.
• Accurate & repeatable 5-parameter
• "Normal" mode for serious signal
squashing. Very fast attack times
allow positive control of percussive
• "Super Nice" mode for near invisible
compression. This mode cascades
three stereo compressors in series
to reduce compression artifacts.
• Single TRS-cable attachement to
many "insert" jacks.
• 1/4" TRS sidechain insert for special
• No audio flows through front-panel
controls, permitting short audio
runs to avoid hum/noise pickup.
• Rugged extruded aluminum and
electro-galvanized steel enclosure.
...have confirmed this across multiple electrical outlets and also by powering the Aston condenser from the Profire. I recently acquired an FMR RNC and intend to get compression on the way into the DAW, for vocals/guitar. I am ideally seeking a solution whereby I can keep a balanced signal into the Profire. This would rule...
..."bespoke" rack ears for 2 weeks now.. Some rack gear.. Klark Teknik 1176-KT Klark Teknik EQP-KT Funk Logic NCC-1701 (hah) rack adapter holding an FMR RNC 1773 (with space for another) oldskool MXR 31-band EQ x2 Electrix Warp Factory Argon 8M - only complaint is that despite recessed ports on the hardware, the supplied PSU & USB connectors don't have an...
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The RNC aka Really Nice Compressor is one of the most discussed pieces of audio equipment ever - and for at very good reason!
It is a stereo (no dual mono) compressor in a 1/3 unit size. racktrays for 2 RNC's (or other FMR audio products) are available from Funk Logic, but even 3 units will fit in...
I own a fairly decent collection of different compressors, including four RNCs. They stand up very well among other classics like the DBX 160 or an APHEX Compellor, but they are all different and all have their own uses and place in my racks of gear.
I end up using the RNC for both live work...
This little compressor deserves its praise.
The really nice mode is great, and while people have called it transparent, it is not transparent,like a plug in is.
It has very subtle tone. This is what makes it preferable to any of the software compressors.
Subtle inflections of an analog signal...
I bought one RNC because of it's price and also for the praise I was hearing at the time. Bit later I bought another RNC and one RNLA, and they are now in my "lifesaver" rack.
I use them mostly for live use, and they usually are used for vocals. With Super Nice Mode, it really is "set and...