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Old August 3rd, 2005, 03:33 PM   #1
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Need multi-channel compressor for home studio

I need a good (4, 6 or 8 channel) compressor for field and more importantly home studio use. I have seen several from focusrite, SM pro, etc., but since equipment is an area where experience means more than theory, I would appreciate some input. It's not large but my budget is $400-$500 or under.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 08:47 PM   #2
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Why so many? For what purpose?

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Old August 4th, 2005, 11:17 AM   #3
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Sorry for the late response. I have noticed that when I am recording separately microphoned bands, I sometimes get clipping in more then one channel. I know compression can help this problem (frankly I prob don't need more than 4 channels). I am not a big fan of recording instruments and vocals in only one or two channels when you can mic and record the vocals and instruments separately. This is not an issue in the video recording world (at my level anyway) b/c I am usually only concerned with two or three sources of audio (2 voice tracks and one for background use in post).
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Old August 4th, 2005, 11:50 AM   #4
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Hmm,

well compression is like baking a cake. Once it's baked, you can't squeeze that glass of milk out to have with your cookies.

Compression while tracking is not unusual, but great care must be taken so you don't crunch you stuff. IIWY, I'd try an RNC from FMR audio. It's a simple 2 channel compressor that has unbalanced I/Os. It's. You can insert it before the audio hit the hard drive.

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Old August 4th, 2005, 10:31 PM   #5
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Thanks Ty. Though I am looking at the dbx 1046 also.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 09:48 AM   #6
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I wouldn't compress a channel just because it is clipping. Just turn it down. Then you can add compression later in post, if you really need it.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 10:13 AM   #7
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Mainly that works, though depending on the venue and type of music, not always. I just wanted to have some more options (this stuff is like being back in school. It's a sharp curve but fun:-)













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Old August 5th, 2005, 10:25 AM   #8
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Mainly that works, though depending on the venue and type of music, not always. I just wanted to have some more options (this stuff is like being back in school. It's a sharp curve but fun:-)
If it's clipping coming to you, there's really nothing you can do about it, if you are not on speaking terms with the soundboard guy. He needs to turn it down going out to you. No effect is going to make clipped audio sound okay.
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