DBX 160a or Compressor II ?

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TheAnimal
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DBX 160a or Compressor II ?

Post by TheAnimal » Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:11 pm

I'm thinking about whether or not it would make sense to buy an external compressor for recording vocals and instruments. The DBX 160a would be a very likely candidate at more or less the cost of a Live license.

But: What would it give me that Compressor II does not give me already?
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blakbeltjonez
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Post by blakbeltjonez » Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:43 pm

on the face of it, the 160 wouldn't give you much of anything you don't have with the Compressor II plug. but i have always felt that hardware and software compressors are two very different animals.

if it were me i'd look for a used 160 - it's idiot proof, and in a couple of years it's resale value will remain the same, which is more than you can say about the Ableton license. but buying a hardware compressor really only makes sense if you have the appropriate hardware to use it with, i.e., a mixer or mic pre, or your audio interface has insert points for external hardware.

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