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  1. API 225L Compressor

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    MFR#: 225L
    Discrete single-channel compressor in the compact API 200 Series format
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    $695.00

    $660.25
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  2. API 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor

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    MFR#: 2500
    Discrete stereo bus compressor
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    $3,295.00

    $3,130.25
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  3. API 527 500 Series Compressor

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    MFR#: 527
    Discrete 500 Series compressor with classic API features like continuously variable controls and all new options for feed-forward or feed-back compression hard and soft knee shapes and API’s patented THRUST switch
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    $1,095.00

    $1,040.25
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  4. DBX 560A

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    MFR#: DBX560A
    500 Series VCA compressor taking cues from the classic 160A rackmount compressor
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    $199.95

    $179.95 (You Save 10%, ends 08/31)

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  5. Empirical Labs Distressor EL8

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    MFR#: EL8 Distressor
    Classic compressor/limiter featuring advanced built-in side chain EQ
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    $1,600.00

    $1,450.00
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  6. Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X

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    MFR#: EL8X Distressor
    Single-channel distressor with British Mode and image link features
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    $1,800.00

    $1,669.00
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  7. Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X-S

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    MFR#: EL8X-S Stereo Pair
    Matched pair of Distressors with British Mode and image link features
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    $3,600.00

    $3,259.00
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  8. Inward Connections The Brute

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    MFR#: Brute
    500 Series optical limiter sends vocals straight to the front
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    $850.00

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  9. Neve 2264ALB

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    MFR#: 2264ALB
    500 Series Compressor/Limiter
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    $1,395.00

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  10. Neve 33609 N Stereo Compressor

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    MFR#: 33609N
    The best of both worlds: original Neve 33609 sound with enhanced I/O switching
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    $4,250.00

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  11. Purple Audio MC77

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    MFR#: MC77
    New model of the re-engineered 1176 FET limiter
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    $1,650.00

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  12. Retro Instruments 176

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    MFR#: 176
    An outstanding tube-limiting amplifier for drums, bass, synth lines and thicker vocals
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    $3,975.00

    $3,253.00
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  13. Retro Instruments Doublewide

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    MFR#: Doublewide
    Single-channel tube compression amplifier for 500 Series
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    $1,400.00

    $1,167.00
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  14. Retro Instruments Sta-Level

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    MFR#: Sta-Level
    Gold Edition replica of the legendary 1956 Gates Sta-Level tube compression amplifier
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    $3,450.00

    $2,833.00
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  15. Rupert Neve Designs Portico 543

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    MFR#: Portico 543
    500 Series compressor/limiter
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    $1,095.00

    $995.00
    or $42/month for 24 months*
  16. Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor

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    MFR#: Portico II Master Buss Processor
    Stereo bus compressor that redefines the boundaries and limitations of traditional two-channel dynamic control
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    $4,495.00

    $3,995.00
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  17. Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraph

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    MFR#: Dual Vandergraph
    Fully discrete 500 Series stereo compressor
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    $2,425.00

    $2,085.00
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  18. Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor

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    MFR#: Mastering Compressor
    Mastering-grade compressor/limiter for tracking and mixing - requires Shadow Hills PSU (not included)
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    $9,665.00

    $7,795.00
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  19. Shadow Hills Industries Mono Optograph 500

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    MFR#: Mono Optograph 500
    Single-channel 500 Series discrete optical compressor
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    $1,935.00

    $1,700.00
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  20. Smart Research C1LA

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    MFR#: C1LA
    500 Series stereo/ganged compressor/limiter
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    $1,795.00

    $1,750.00
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Adding dynamic processing to your recording rig is a great way to control the extreme peaks of a performance, and also add attitude and excitement to a vocal, electric guitar, or drum performance.

Compressors are designed to control the dynamics of a performance, particularly vocals which typically have a wide dynamic range throughout a song. They can also be used in parallel to allow a blend between the natural and compressed signal, which can add life to guitars, vocals, or the entire mix. A compressor does more than just reduce signal. Often times, just running signal through an outboard compressor can add warmth and vibe to the recording, and no compression is necessary to achieve that sound. Compressors like the Fairchild 660 have multiple tubes, transformers, capacitors, and wire that signal run though. Every step of the circuit adds loads of analog warmth, and sometimes a great choice rather than boosting EQ. When looking into compressors, look at both Optical and Discrete options. Optical compressors such as the LA-2A have a fixed ratio, typically 3:1, and fixed attack and release times. You then have the option to adjust the threshold level to when you want the compressor to engage, and a make up gain to add back and signal that was lost with the compression. A discrete compressor has more control, allowing you to adjust the input and output independently, as well as the attack and release controls.

Some dynamic processors also provide the ability to gate a signal. With a gate, you can allow the main source to come through, then cut out all the extra bleed coming into the microphone. This is great on a full drum kit, where multiple microphones are used to capture the whole kit, but bleed from each drum is coming into every microphone. With the threshold control, you can allow just the transient of a snare drum to open the gate, then adjust the the release and range options to allow the full length of the sound to pass through.

With so many options available, it can be tricky to decide which dynamic processor will work best for you. Our Vintage King sales reps are highly trained with everything we carry, and can surely help find the right choice for you recording studio.