‘Compressors / limiters’

The Elysia Xpressor is a great little compressor with plenty of features such as side chain, gain reduction limiter, and a mix button for easy parallel compression duties. Great on 2 bus but my favorite application is probably piano.

Looking for that thick and fat sound to beef up your 2 bus? Look no further, the VintageDesign CL1 will give you all of that and more. Especially note how it excels on beefing up the snare and gluing everything together.

This compressor is so simple and yet so versatile. A great and useful feature is the warmth control, which works wonders on evil hi-hats leaking into your snare mic. You can also get away with some serious compression without the Fatso ever sounding bad. Awesome on anything from drums, guitars and harmonies.

Oh my God, this might be the best compressor ever! But be warned, if you’re looking for a clean and polished sound, look elsewhere. This beast provides plenty of tube color (and some grit) to go around for everybody. Once you’ve heard it on vocals, there’s no going back. No wonder that the Sta-Level was used extensively on Johnny Cash’s vocals throughout the ”Unchained” record. Do yourself a favor and check it out, if you haven’t already done so. Did I mention that it kills on bass too?

A studio standard that will give your track that certain snap. Designed for the 2 bus, but works wonders on acoustic guitars that need taming or why not give your drum bus some extra punch.

Rupert has done it again! He’s produced another classic. This compressor can handle any task and offers two distinct flavors thanks to the Feedforward (more modern sounding) and the Feedback (more old school) modes. Love this compressor on the 2 bus or bass.

One of the sweetest tube compressors that there is. Kills on vocals and bass. It gives you that gooey tube sound with some added sparkle to the top. Another really cool application is to smash a drum room mic with this baby. It will put a smile on your face for sure.

This unit offers a variety of colors thanks to the different Comp Curves and the Germanium Drive and Feedback controls that it can be used on almost anything. Some favorite applications include acoustic guitar and mandolin. Also great for parallel compression thanks to the Mix Control.

What can be said about this compressor that hasn’t already been said? Probably one of the most used compressors in the history of popular music. Whether you’re looking to give your vocal track some attitude or simply smack the living daylight out of a drum kit using the all-button-in trick (preferably in parallel), this is the ticket.