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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby VTypeV4 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:42 am

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I went down this road in the end..

I've had one on L/R duty for a couple of months now and I'm very pleased with it. It doesn't sound like an SSL but it does the job very well offering a (for want of better words!) bigger sound with better mix cohesion and is capable of control in a way that the temporary DBX 266 just isn't.

I love the idea of a 'real' SSL buss comp but the ART will definitely suffice for now - they're a great bit of gear. :thumbup:
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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:57 am

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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby VTypeV4 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:38 pm

Thanks, Hugh. :thumbup:

Of the two units, one is away for repair but I'll put that 'channel' duties when it returns. It was purchased from eBay but sadly wasn't working correctly when it arrived so I got a partial refund from the very helpful seller.
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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:12 pm

It seems to surprise some musicians that ART products work so well and yet are so reasonably priced, but they regularly get recommended in the SOS Forums if you can't afford hand-made boutique price points 8-)


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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby VTypeV4 » Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:25 am

Mine will certainly staying for the foreseeable - very happy. :thumbup:

Apparently, the second unit I purchased has a little history. I bought it from TASCAM (ART UK distributor) as an ex-demo unit as it was the press release / demo / photo'd example. :bouncy:
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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:39 pm

VTypeV4 wrote:Apparently, the second unit I purchased has a little history. I bought it from TASCAM (ART UK distributor) as an ex-demo unit as it was the press release / demo / photo'd example. :bouncy:

Ooh, so your unit might even have appeared in SOS magazine! ;)

http://www.codehip.com/reviews/art-pro-vla-ii


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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby VTypeV4 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:27 am

Martin Walker wrote:
VTypeV4 wrote:Apparently, the second unit I purchased has a little history. I bought it from TASCAM (ART UK distributor) as an ex-demo unit as it was the press release / demo / photo'd example. :bouncy:

Ooh, so your unit might even have appeared in SOS magazine! ;)

http://www.codehip.com/reviews/art-pro-vla-ii


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According to Tascam, most probably!

I've been at the studio all day and used the compressor - I made a point to switch it out a few times and it the mix was definitely better with it in.. :thumbup:
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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby Zukan » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:37 am

My recommendation and this is something a few of us producers know about, is to hunt down a TL Audio C2021 valve compressor. It is one of the best products TL ever made and is a weapon!

I think between us Studio Support Gnome and I have had a bunch of them in the past at various points in our studio lives.
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Re: Buss Compressor on a budget ~ £300..

Postby andy cross » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:05 pm

+1 for the TLA C2021. I've got a couple of them and they're pretty much the only processing hardware I wouldn't part with.
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