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  1. A Designs Audio HM2 Compressor Nail

    MFR#: HM2 Comp
    A 2-channel, solid state/tube hybrid offering infinite sound-shaping possibilities plus the ability to enhance any signal simply by passing through it
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    $2,595.00

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  2. Acme Audio Opticom XLA-3 MKII

    MFR#: XLA-3 MKII
    All-tube optical audio limiter inspired by the classic Teletronix LA-2A
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  3. Acme Audio Opticom XLA-3 MKII (Demo Deal)

    MFR#: XLA-3 MKII
    All-tube optical audio limiter inspired by the classic Teletronix LA-2A
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  4. ADL 1700

    MFR#: 1700
    Liquid Mu peak limiter
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    $2,650.00
  5. ADL 660 Tube Limiter

    MFR#: ADL 660 Tube Limiter
    Recreation of the fabled Fairchild 660 mono limiter
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    $14,000.00
  6. ADL 670 Stereo Tube Limiter

    MFR#: ADL 670 Stereo Tube Limiter
    Recreation of the fabled Fairchild 670 stereo limiter
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    $19,000.00
  7. ADL C/L 1000 Mono

    MFR#: ADL C/L 1000 Mono
    Mono tube compressor
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    $1,595.00
  8. ADL S/C/L 1500

    MFR#: ADL S/C/L 1500
    Stereo tube compressor
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    $2,595.00
  9. Airfield Audio Liminator

    MFR#: Liminator
    Analog mono compressor
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  10. Airfield Audio Liminator 2

    MFR#: Liminator 2
    Analog stereo compressor
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    $3,495.00
  11. AL.SO Dynax2

    MFR#: Dynax2
    Stereo dynamic sound shaper
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    $4,783.40
  12. AL.SO Hellax

    MFR#: AL.SO Hellax
    Mono compressor/limiter
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    $2,639.83
  13. Alta Moda AM-10 Compressor/Limiter #154 (Used)

    500 Series compressor/limiter
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    $495.00
  14. AML 54F50

    MFR#: AML-16-022
    500 Series compressor/limiter
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    $1,492.00
  15. API 225L

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

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  16. API 235L

    MFR#: 235L
    Discrete single-channel gate in the compact API 200 Series format
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  17. API 2500

    MFR#: 2500 Best Seller
    Discrete stereo bus compressor
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  18. API 525

    MFR#: 525
    Re-issued classic discrete compressor
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  19. API 527

    MFR#: 527 Best Seller
    Discrete 500 Series compressor with thrust circuit
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  20. Aurora Audio GTC2 Dual Channel Compressor

    MFR#: GTC2
    Musical and warm Class A discrete dual-channel compressor with two separate and selectable compression circuits - Opto and FET
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    $2,995.00
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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.