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Compressors / Limiters

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  1. Rupert Neve Designs 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor
    New!
    Rupert Neve Designs 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor
    $ 3,599 .00
    or $75/month for 48 months
  2. Rupert Neve Designs Master Buss Converter
    New!
    Rupert Neve Designs Master Buss Converter
    $ 3,999 .00
    or $84/month for 48 months
  3. Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor
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    Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor
    $ 3,995 .00
    or $84/month for 48 months
  4. Tube-Tech CL 1B Optical Tube Compressor
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    Tube-Tech CL 1B Optical Tube Compressor
    $ 3,850 .00
    or $107/month for 36 months
  5. UnderTone Audio UnFairchild 670M II
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    UnderTone Audio UnFairchild 670M II
    $ 10,495 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  6. API 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor
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    API 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor
    $ 3,130 .25
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  7. Universal Audio 1176 LN Classic Limiting Amplifier
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    Universal Audio 1176 LN Classic Limiting Amplifier
    $ 2,399 .00
    or $50/month for 48 months
  8. Tegeler Audio Creme Bus Compressor and Mastering Equalizer
    $ 1,625 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  9. Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X-S Distressor Pair
    $ 3,259 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  10. Retro Instruments 175B - Vintage King Edition - Matched Pair
    $ 7,150 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  11. Heritage Audio Successor Master Bus Compressor
    $ 1,499 .00
    or $32/month for 48 months
  12. Black Lion Audio Bluey Blue Stripe Compressor
    $ 899 .00
    or $19/month for 48 months
  13. Smart Research C2 Stereo Compressor
    $ 2,845 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  14. Purple Audio MC77 FET Compressor
    $ 1,650 .00
    or $35/month for 48 months
  15. Neve 33609 N Stereo Compressor
    $ 3,995 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  16. Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor - Standard
    $ 2,875 .00
    or $80/month for 36 months
  17. Warm Audio BUS-COMP Stereo Bus Compressor
    $ 699 .00
    or $20/month for 36 months
  18. Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor
    $ 7,795 .00
    or $217/month for 36 months
  19. Retro Instruments 176 Tube Limiting Amplifier
    $ 3,295 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  20. Retro Instruments Revolver Dual-Channel Tube Compressor
    $ 3,295 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  21. Retro Instruments Sta-Level Tube Compressor
    $ 2,995 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  22. Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X Distressor
    $ 1,669 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  23. Empirical Labs Distressor EL8 Compressor/Limiter
    $ 1,450 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  24. Dangerous Music COMPRESSOR Stereo Bus Compressor
    $ 2,799 .00
    or $59/month for 48 months
  25. Looptrotter Audio Monster Compressor 2
    $ 2,999 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  26. Q2 Audio Compex F760X-RS Stereo Compressor
    $ 2,900 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  27. Retro Instruments 175B Compressor - Vintage King Edition
    $ 3,495 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  28. Buzz Audio SOC-M Mastering Optical Compressor
    $ 2,850 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  29. Overstayer Stereo Field Effect Stereo FET Compressor
    $ 1,895 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  30. D.W. Fearn VT-7 Dual-Channel Tube Compressor
    $ 8,200 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  31. Warm Audio WA76 Discrete FET Compressor
    $ 599 .00
    or $17/month for 36 months
  32. Dramastic Audio Obsidian Stereo VCA Compressor
    $ 2,995 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  33. Maselec MPL-2 Stereo Peak Limiter
    $ 4,320 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  34. Overstayer M-A-S 2-Channel Harmonics Processor
    $ 1,535 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  35. Manley Stereo Variable Mu - Mastering Version
    $ 5,749 .00
    or $120/month for 48 months
  36. Bettermaker Mastering Limiter
    $ 2,899 .00
    or $81/month for 36 months
  37. Tegeler Audio VTC Vari Tube Compressor
    $ 1,850 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  38. Chandler EMI TG12413 Zener Limiter
    $ 4,960 .00
    or $138/month for 36 months
  39. Heritage Audio HA-609A Stereo Compressor/Limiter
    $ 1,799 .00
    or $38/month for 48 months
  40. Chandler TG1 Limiter/Compressor
    $ 3,935 .00
    or $110/month for 36 months
  41. Overstayer M-A-S 2-Channel Harmonics Processor with Switch
    $ 1,840 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  42. Highland Dynamics BG1 Stereo Tube Compressor
    $ 3,495 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  43. Highland Dynamics BG2 Tube Compressor
    $ 2,795 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  44. Spectra 1964 Model C610 Complimiter
    $ 1,789 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  45. Tegeler Audio Schwerkraftmaschine Compressor
    $ 3,395 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  46. IGS Audio Volfram Limiter Stereo FET Compressor
    $ 1,895 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  47. Warm Audio WA-2A Tube Opto Compressor
    $ 899 .00
    or $25/month for 36 months
  48. Bettermaker Mastering Compressor
    $ 3,099 .00
    or $87/month for 36 months
  49. Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso Tape Simulator/Optimizer
    $ 2,449 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  50. Maselec MDS-2 Two-Channel Limiter
    $ 3,980 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  51. Bettermaker Stereo Bus Compressor
    $ 2,399 .00
    or $67/month for 36 months
  52. Drawmer 1970 Dual FET Compressor and Preamplifier
    $ 1,497 .00
    or $42/month for 36 months
  53. Manley Nu Mu Stereo Limiter Compressor
    $ 2,799 .00
    or $59/month for 48 months
  54. Manley ELOP+ Stereo Limiter Compressor
    $ 2,499 .00
    or $53/month for 48 months
  55. Buzz Audio DBC-M Stereo Diode Bridge Compressor
    $ 2,235 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
  56. Tegeler Audio Magnetismus 2 VCA Compressor
    $ 1,525 .00
    No interest if paid in full within 18 months
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Dynamic processors are an engineers secret weapon, they not only offer control of extreme peaks of a performance, they also add analog warmth and vibe to anything you run through it.

There are a few different style compressors to be aware of. Optical compressors, such as the LA-2A, are often described as “smooth” and “warm”, and usually a go to compressor when tracking vocals. They have fixed attack and release controls, as well as a fixed ratio, typically 3:1. They are typically equipped with two controls, threshold and make-up gain. The threshold control allows you to adjust the point of when the compressor will engage. The makeup or output dial is to add back the gain that was lost in the compressor's gain reduction. Optical compressors come in solid state, and tube versions.

Discrete compressors, such as the 1176, provide a few more control functions, and are often referred to as “aggressive”, but they can be used subtly to achieve a warm, smooth sound. They have independent controls of attack and release to dial in to the rhythm of the song. The input control adjusts the level being sent into the compressor, and the output control is to add additional gain that was lost from the gain reduction. Discrete compressors also come in solid state and tube options.

Limiters can be used on a source to set a “brick wall” that signal cannot pass. This is ideal when a drum bus has extreme transients, and continues to overload the bus. Or on a mix bus that is being pushed to the limit. A limiter is a great way to make sure that a mix will not blow up any speakers you play them through.

Compressors come in all shapes and sizes, from mono units, to eight channels, and more. When deciding on the best compressor for your rig, make sure you think about how many channels you would want to compress at one time. In a smaller studio set up, a single channel or dual channel might work for everything in your recording or mix.

Some compressors can be used in a side chain configuration, which can allow you to trigger the compressor or limiter from an external audio signal. This can be used to “duck” the bass whenever a kick drum is hit to make more room for the attack, or “duck” delays and reverbs every time the vocalist sings.

With so many options available, it can be overwhelming figuring out what compressor or limiter will work best for your setup. Our sales team at Vintage King is highly trained in all the models we carry, and will be glad to help find the right fit for your studio.

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