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Best compressor for the money for your rig?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by GrooveDude, Feb 17, 2002.

  1. I am currently looking at a Berhinger Composer. I have worked with them before, and they are great. Does anyone else have suggestions for me? What are you guys using to compress your sound?


  2. pmkelly

    pmkelly Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I've been using an EBS multi-comp... a little pricey, but too me it's worth it... you might wanna check 'em out...

    Good to see another KC'er on board!

  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I use a Behringer Autocom MDX 1000 that I got second-hand for 30$ (in mint condition).

    Works great!
    I use it with the auto setting and the soft-knee mode. Studio-quality sound and no noise.
  4. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    This is easy. The ART LeVeLAr works great for bass and should only be around $79 new.
  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I use the Rane DC-24 Dynamic Controller: isn't cheap, but has lots of features for the money. The feature I like best is split-band compression (processes highs and lows independently).
  6. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'm looking at a compressor myself...rackmount or otherwise. My Earthquake tunings (ADGCF, and CGCF, though I'm lookin into CFBE and GCGCF). Something to keep it in check and NOT kill the local fauna...
  7. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i use a bellari LA120 tube compressor, works awesome, goes for around 90 bucks.

  8. Well guys I went to Mars today and purchased a Behringer Composer Pro (MDX2200)

    it works awesome!!! Very easy, and sounds very clean. I love the gate too. It's tough to find the perfect threshold, and ration combo, but I did it.

    Anyways.....I reccomend this unit to anyone!!

    BTW I payed 106 (including tax) for this thing. it's awesome

    heres a pic

  9. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    Hey, GrooveDude, that's a nice effect you've got there! :D
  10. Don't hurt me for this...but, what's a compressor and what does it do? I'd like to know that before I go and buy one because everyone says it's good to have....
  11. int


    Jan 21, 2002
    Phoenix, AZ
    I just use the one built into my Carvin, but I also have an FMR RNC seen here. Best compression I've heard for under a grand.
  12. maxvalentino

    maxvalentino Endorsing Artist Godin Guitars/ Thomastik-Infeld

    I have a small collection of compressors, including an Avalon and vintage La2a....I will second the opinion of the ART Levelar. For the money, it is great. I have two, and use them in my stage rig. It really works fantastic on bass...almost as if that is what they designed it for.
    Tho the EBS is nice too....
  13. Damn straight. Another vote for the RNC - it's such a nice unit, and works equally well for bass or general studio use. And it's small enough that you could mount it on a pedalboard (1/3 wide).
  14. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    i have the composer too, works great, nice and quiet.
  15. BryanB

    BryanB Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Retrospec Squeeze Box. Tube compressor/DI in stomp box format that uses the LA2A photo-cell circuit. Just used to to record bass, vocals, trumpet, keys, and guitar. It rules!
  16. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Alesis 3630 I got mine used for $150 Canadian (under $100 US)
  17. Lovin Bass

    Lovin Bass

    Feb 8, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I use an Alesis Nano compressor. It is 1/3 the width of a standard rack unit and has everything that can possibly be adjusted for compression. I got mine used in the classifieds for $50. New I think it is around $90. I don't use it often and have never used any other compressor but I have no complaints. Worth checking out.
  18. Here's another vote for the Levellar. I got mine for £79 (the dealer thought they had gone bust and was selling all ART stock dirt cheap?!?!). The Levellar is a cinch to use and works wonders on most signals - I've tried it on bass (great for warming up a sound, makes hybrid head sound even more valve-like), vox and guitar.

    If you can find one cheap you should snap it up.

    The Behringer unit is very good too.
  19. i just looked at the price of the behringer composer pro, and in the catalog its $539 autralian.

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