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Old 05-16-2011, 11:57 PM
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Default Best Hardware Stereo Compression for Drums, Under $2000?

I've been trawling the 'net to get an idea of the best stereo hardware compressor (or 2 x mono), mainly for DRUMS that I can buy for under $2000 (and i mean under $2000 including ebay bargains - retail seems to be way more expensive).

Man, there is *too* much information out there.

Some that I have read discussiom about so far...

Rupert Neve 5043 Comp Duo
Universal Audio 2LA2A (reissue - and again, opinions are divided... not sure if i'll find two original mono units so cheaply..)
DBX 162 VU, 160X
Art Pro VLA II

Software is great and getting better but I'm far from convinced I can get drums to breathe and pop as nicely as I could with some good hardware compression.

Any advice? Sound clips to illustrate?
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:22 AM
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Default Re: Best Hardware Stereo Compression for Drums, Under $2000?

Pro Audio Review just did a little shootout with several. The only one near your price range in the pack was the API2500 and they gave it high marks for drums. Retail is $2995 so maybe if you could find a good deal.....
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:58 AM
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2-1176. I traded an Avalon 737 for it. I paid $1800 for the Avalon. It's a great comp for drums and serves as a cool preamp when needed. (the unit has such a hot output that you can use it as a pre and it actually sounds pretty good!!)
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