This particular comp is considered a great purchase for the price due to this value it provides. Some of them also talked about its great metering capabilities. In the lower position the tube has negative feedback, providing color choices. You can drive the input signal real hard to achieve an interesting distortion as well. What we'll do is separate them into price categories and show you the best of the best in each budget range.
Attack: The attack is how fast the compressor reacts to the signal jumping over the threshold. The venerable dbx 160A is a compressor you see frequently in studios — home and pro alike. Their ratios are program-dependent and increase with the gain reduction. I use these types of units typically on vocals, bass, and sometimes acoustic guitars. Crane Song's Falcon 500 Series module is a classic vintage sounding tube compressor with modern versatility.
After getting used to the lack of controls that are standard on other dynamics processors, I started to get really into the simplicity of it; I found it super-effective at leveling out dynamic vocal and guitar performances, allowing the voice or instrument to assert itself aggressively in the mix without being peaky or pokey. We then examined reviews from users and experts as well as forum discussions to get the data for the Gearank Algorithm to produce the scores out of 100 you see above, and to present our reports on what people liked and didn't like about each option we've recommended. Both users and experts have used it successfully while recording a range of different instruments. Years of beta testing and redesign went into the Distressor as will be the case with all Empirical Labs products. But in many cases, the designers have done incredible things to shrink down their products and create some great pieces of gear that do make the grade.
Features The 506 is a no-frills unit. Be aware that since there's no make-up gain, you may need another gain stage following the DocDerr like a fader on a console if you run the Mix control high. Beneath the meter one the left is Threshold -20dB - +20dB ; Attack, which ranges from. This high-value perk is our way of providing the ultimate in added value to enhance the unique personal touch our small, dedicated team contributes to each purchase. Now, as you read through this you can know that every one of these is readily available.
The reason to go ahead is that you can dial in better gain staging, especially if you don't have a lot of. The Peak Reduction pot lowers the threshold lower since the compression ratio is fixed at 3:1. When we say warm, we're talking very warm here! They're visually more presentable without having to pick up a rack faceplate too, if that concerns you. Overall At an affordable price, the 560A gives you broad range compression options to use for recording different instruments. The Distressor is the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. If your using a recording interface that features a preamp that feeds straight to the converters, then you'll want to check and see if your interface has an insert.
Also, there is an internal jumper setting to increase the input impedance while also adding 16 dB of gain. It's got nice tone, as opposed to being invisible, and would be a welcome addition to any 500 Series rack. It also features a carrying handle for mobile use. A very common mixing practice when dealing with is to duck the bass whenever the kick fires off. While most of the classics were invented in the 60's and 70's, the Distressor came on the scene in 1995 and immediately solidified it's spot at the top. But if you're unsure or need guidance about which type of compressor you need, take the time to read this section so you can make an informed and confident decision.
It may range from 1:1 no compression up to 25:1 limiting. It starts immediately but the process is smoother instead of sudden if you choose a soft knee more transparent. Let's get this show on the road. Rackmount compressors will generally feature one or two channels, while 500 Series feature one channel, requiring you to buy two of the same model if you want to capture and compress a stereo signal. It's hard to explain if you haven't heard the effect. In the end, your listener won't care or know.
Don't let this fool you. I then will apply more compression later. This is an easy way to make sure the kick can be heard clearly since they both exist in the same frequency range most of the time. I have owned a 160A for many years, and it has never given me trouble. This is a far more transparent sound than peak compression at lighter levels. The second part features reviews of the best 500 series enclosures. The lettering on the device is quite small, and I needed extra light to read it, but so it goes with packing so much into a 500-series faceplate.