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  1. Purple Audio MC77

    MFR#: MC77 Best Seller
    New model of the re-engineered 1176 FET limiter
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    $1,650.00
  2. Shadow Hills Industries Mono Optograph 500

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

    $1,700.00
  3. Smart Research C1LA

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

    $1,750.00
  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 1176 LN (B-Stock)

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

    $1,599.00 (You Save 21%)

  6. Spectra Sonics Model V610 Complimiter #V6101044 (Used)

    Compressor and peak limiter with high resolution detented controls, lower distortion, noise, and a +24dBu output
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    $1,850.00
  7. Chandler TG2 Dual Mic Preamp w/o PSU #002885 (Used)

    2-channel mic preamplifier, w/PSU
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    $1,650.00
  8. Overstayer Stereo Field Effect

    MFR#: Model 3706
    Stereo FET compressor with harmonics and blend control.
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    $1,895.00

    $1,705.50 (You Save 10%, ends 12/04)

  9. Avalon AD2044 Compressor/Limiter #12122 (Used)

    Dual-mono/stereo Class A discrete compressor/limiter w/ PSU
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    $1,650.00
  10. Neve 2264a CV Compressor/Limiter #42032 (Used)

    Compressor/Limiter - Vertical
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    $1,995.00
  11. Sontec DRC-202 #VKA0040 (Used)

    Sontec DR-202
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    $2,195.00

    $1,778.00 (You Save 19%)

  12. Aurora Audio Stinger Microphone Preamp/EQ

    MFR#: STINGER Best Seller
    Desktop microphone preamp and EQ with 100mm fader
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    $1,595.00
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  13. Inward Connections The Brute II

    MFR#: Brute II
    Discrete, stereo-linkable, opto-cell limiter
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    $1,995.00

    $1,795.50 (You Save 10%, ends 12/04)

  14. 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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  15. ADL C/L 1000 Mono

    MFR#: ADL C/L 1000 Mono
    Mono tube compressor
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    $1,595.00
  16. Airfield Audio Liminator

    MFR#: Liminator
    Analog mono compressor
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    $1,995.00
  17. Buzz Audio SOC-1.1

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    Stereo optical compressor
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    $2,395.00

    $1,995.00
  18. Daking FET III Stereo Compressor

    MFR#: FET 3
    Dual-channel FET compressor/limiter
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    $1,899.00

    $1,699.00
  19. Roll Music Systems RMS755 Mixbus Super Stereo Compressor

    MFR#: RMS755
    Super stereo compressor
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    $1,800.00
  20. Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 - Vertical

    MFR#: 5043-v
    Two-channel compressor/limiter - vertical module
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    $1,995.00

    $1,795.50
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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.