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Compressors / Limiters

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  1. Retro Instruments Revolver

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    MFR#: REVOLVER
    Dual-channel tube compressor based on the legendary British-modified Altec 436
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    $3,695.00

    $2,995.00
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  2. 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

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  3. 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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  4. 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

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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

    $3,825.00 (You Save 10%, ends 08/20)

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
    or $167/month for 24 months*
  12. 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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  13. Spectra Sonics Model V610 Complimiter

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    MFR#: V610-COMP
    Compressor and peak limiter with high resolution detented controls, lower distortion, noise, and a +24dBu output
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    $2,495.00

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  14. Tube-Tech CL 1B

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    MFR#: CL1B
    Iconic optical tube compressor known for smooth, transparent compression with an intuitive interface making it easy to dial in perfect sound - the “go-to” vocal compressor for any genre!
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    $4,075.00

    $3,650.00
    or $153/month for 24 months*
  15. Universal Audio 1176 LN

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    MFR#: 1176LN
    Limiting Class A line level amplifier with all transistor circuitry
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    $2,499.00

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  16. Universal Audio LA-2A

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    MFR#: LA2A
    True to the original design, the famed tube-amplified T4 electro-optical classic compressor
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    $4,699.00

    $3,799.00
    or $159/month for 24 months*
  17. DBX 160A

    MFR#: DBX160ADV
    Single-channel compressor/limiter
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    $537.00

    $429.95
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  18. Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter/Compressor

    MFR#: MSLCHP
    Tube compressor/limiter with high-pass filter option
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    $4,400.00

    $3,960.00
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  19. SSL X-Rack Dynamics Module

    MFR#: 729618X1
    Single dynamics module for X-Rack
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    $1,069.00

    $771.75 (You Save 27.8%)

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  20. Smart Research C1 Compressor (Demo Deal)

    Stereo or dual-mono compressor
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    $2,345.00

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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.