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  1. Spectra Sonics Model V610 Complimiter

    MFR#: V610-COMP Best Seller
    Compressor and peak limiter with high resolution detented controls, lower distortion, noise, and a +24dBu output
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    $2,495.00
  2. Standard Audio Level-Or

    MFR#: Level-Or Best Seller
    500 Series JFET limiter
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    $635.00

    $525.00
  3. Tube-Tech CL 1B

    MFR#: CL1B Best Seller
    Mono opto tube compressor
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    $3,500.00

    $3,250.00
  4. Universal Audio 1176 LN

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

    $1,999.00
  5. Universal Audio LA-2A

    MFR#: LA2A Best Seller
    True to the original design, the famed tube-amplified T4 electro-optical classic compressor
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    $4,299.00

    $3,499.00
  6. Universal Audio 1176 LN (B-Stock)

    MFR#: 1176LN
    Limiting Class A line level amplifier with all transistor circuitry
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    $1,999.00

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  7. DBX 162 Stereo Compressor/Limiter #3141 (Vintage)

    Stereo compressor/limiter
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    $1,195.00

    $1,075.00 (You Save 11%)

  8. BAE 500C - 500 Series FET Compressor

    MFR#: 500C
    Compressor based on the design of studio staple FET compressors of the 60s and 70s featuring compression ratios of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1
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    $950.00
  9. Serpent Audio Splice SA76-500

    MFR#: SA76-500
    All of the sound and functionality of the acclaimed Splice MKII rack into a single 500 series module
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    $1,249.00

    $999.00
  10. Rupert Neve Designs 535

    MFR#: 535
    500 series diode bridge compressor
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    $1,095.00

    $995.00
  11. Serpent Audio Splice SA-76

    MFR#: SA-76
    1176-style FET compressor featuring unique mode switching allowing for switching between classic Blackface or vintage Bluestripe circuits
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    $1,699.00

    $1,499.00
  12. Serpent Audio Send N’ Blend

    MFR#: Send N’ Blend
    Standalone, dedicated 500 series mix/blend control module
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    $399.00

    $379.00
  13. Serpent Audio SB4001 Stereo Buss Compressor

    MFR#: SB4001
    Stereo buss compressor featuring Quad VCAs, 6 ratios, 10 attack times, and high pass/boost/slope sidechain filters
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    $1,249.00

    $999.00
  14. Serpent Audio Chimera

    MFR#: Chimera
    Replication of the classic LA3A design featuring an all discrete circuit design, Orange Drop and Elna capacitors, full steel enclosure and cover
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    $1,199.00

    $1,099.00
  15. TK Audio Vintagedesign VDC

    MFR#: VDC
    Vintage style diode-bridge compressor delivering an authentic, punchy low-end and that highly sought after classic mid-tone
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    $2,679.00
  16. Bettermaker Mastering Limiter

    MFR#: Mastering Limiter
    Mastering limiter featuring 3 sections recallable by the internal memory essential for a perfect master
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    $3,495.00

    $2,995.00
  17. Klark Teknik 1176-KT Classic FET-Style Compressor

    MFR#: 1176-KT
    FET-style compressor with Class-A line level amplifier and MIDAS transformers
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    $749.99

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  18. UK Sound 1173

    1073 preamp and 1176 compressor in 1RU
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    $1,200.00
  19. Chandler Limited EMI TG Opto Compressor

    MFR#: TG Opto
    500 series mono dual space compressor
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    $1,195.00
  20. Rane G4 Quad Gate (2U)

    MFR#: G4
    Dynamics controls gate/expand/duck (2u) 19-inch rackmount
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    $879.00

    $669.00 (You Save 24%)

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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.