Which comp for final mastering?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by eddies880, Jul 29, 2005.

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  1. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Which Manley comp,is good for: 1.Electric guitar 2.acoustic guitar 3. Vocals?
    I know its a braud question,but Ive been doing alot of home-work on compressing.
    When& for what does FET,EL-OP,Vactrol comps come into use when mastering?
     
  2. TrilliumSound

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    What is your question precisely ? Mastering or tracking?; (1.Electric guitar 2.acoustic guitar 3. Vocals?, FET,EL-OP,Vactrol )

    If you did lot of homework on compressing, what do you think about these (one you mentioned above)? Which one you like best(depending on settings of course) ?
     
  3. iznogood

    iznogood Well-Known Member

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    i like the manley vari-mu for (almost) everything.... including guitar and mastering....

    buy one!
     
  4. TrilliumSound

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    I second that :cool:
     
  5. TrilliumSound

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    ...but surely needs something else also.
     
  6. JerryTubb

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    I'll Third that !!! :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
  7. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Ive found the optical to have good transient qualities,.
    Its for mastering,I have a semi good comp,but Im in the process of purchasing a Manley for mastering.
     
  8. eddies880

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    How is it on vocals?
     
  9. iznogood

    iznogood Well-Known Member

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    you must understand..... i think it's useable for EVERYTHING!!!

    try the limiter for rap vocals.... kicks ass!

    of course i use other comp's.... (danfield for drums....tubetech 3-band for background vocals and ac. gui.)

    but if i was to go to a deserted island i would bring the vari-mu!
     
  10. ambientdig

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    The Manley Vari-Mu is an awesome comp and I owned one for years. I love the feel of it. It can be super smooth and can be the magic finger on the fader across a mix.

    After a lot of use, the "color" of the unit became too much for me. I opted for another fantastic unit, the Millennia TCL-2. It's a wonderfully musical unit that I love the more I use it. It's different from the Manley VM but it too can feel transparent and you have more options as far as color. It has both a JFET and Tube path which sound completely different.

    Great box and worth a listen!
     
  11. ambientdig

    ambientdig Guest

    Other options:

    For "snappiness" try the the SSL rack or Alan Smart C2.
    For great color and punch, try the Chandler LTD-2.
     
  12. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Who makes the Millennia TCL-2
     
  13. TrilliumSound

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    It is Millennia Music & Media Systems in California. Look at:
    http://www.mil-media.com/docs/products/tcl2.shtml

    Cheers.
     
  14. atlasproaudio

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    For Mastering, I'd recommend either the Crane Song STC-8 or pair of Trakkers. I lean towards the Trakker pair, because I also do tracking and mix, and find them a bit more advantageous for individual tracks (a bit more color overall than the STC-8, and they can also emulate optos, VCA's, etc).
     
  15. eddies880

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    Man-------you guys are giving great info on some real nice comps.
    Nathan-------where might I locate info on the Trakkers,and or the Crane Song you,ve mentioned?
     
  16. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

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    http://www.cranesong.com - The STC8M is the greatest compressor in the universe. :cool:
     
  17. eddies880

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    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you really like them do-ya?
     
  18. heathen22

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    The Alan Smart C2 is exceptionally good,I'm sooooo glad I bought one.
     
  19. eddies880

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    The ability to go from jfet,to tube (i find) to be a useful tool according to literature Ive read.
    If you had to choose the Manley---or the ---millennia----------which one would you choose?
     
  20. iznogood

    iznogood Well-Known Member

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    no eddies880...... the question is what would YOU choose??!!

    get them.... listen.... and buy the manley..... (just kidding) :lol:

    no... i meant... buy the one you like the most.... not because someone said so....
     

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