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DNGmaestro 2013-01-05 10:18

RE-2A vs FET compressor
 
Hey guys,

Between those 2:

Wich do you think is the better vocal compressor?
Wich do you think is the better allround compressor?
Wich do you think is better overall product?

And do any of those really make THAT much of a difference from the tools already built in, honestly?


Would love to hear some feedback on this as i'm considering a buy.

BonezMcCoy 2013-01-05 12:08

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Originally Posted by DNGmaestro (Post 1212726)
Hey guys,

Between those 2:

Wich do you think is the better vocal compressor?
Wich do you think is the better allround compressor?
Wich do you think is better overall product?

And do any of those really make THAT much of a difference from the tools already built in, honestly?


Would love to hear some feedback on this as i'm considering a buy.

I think you'll be better off trying both and deciding for yourself. I honestly do not see why you should get only one, except for cost, because they are not the same. Both can be used on vocals but they don't work exactly the same way and there are other applications for them that can turn out to be interesting for you down the road. Try both before you buy and have a look at this too if you are new to compression, if not, just pass:

http://audio.tutsplus.com/tutorials/...o-compression/

DNGmaestro 2013-01-05 15:08

lol i'm not new to compression or almost anything music related.. but thank you.
Anyway, of course i already did that, but i'm very indecisive so i would like to hear some experienced opinions.
I just don't want to spend 200€ on 2 compressors right now. Plus all the stuff i already have in reason.

BonezMcCoy 2013-01-05 15:55

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Originally Posted by DNGmaestro (Post 1212797)
lol i'm not new to compression or almost anything music related.. but thank you.
Anyway, of course i already did that, but i'm very indecisive so i would like to hear some experienced opinions.
I just don't want to spend 200€ on 2 compressors right now. Plus all the stuff i already have in reason.

Problem is they ARE different! I have both types, though only one within Reason (FET). I don't use them the same way and many times I use them together. I am planning on getting the Cakewalk opto too exactly to use it with the FET, just like I do with my NI/Softube comps in Live. Now if you are more interested in vocals, go for the opto now and maybe later you can also add the FET, at least, this is what I'd do.

Spectrephonic 2013-01-05 16:41

The real units are often used in chain on vocals, just because they do different things. Mostly 1176 (FET) -> LA-2A (RE-2A). 2 compressors in chain can be good because neither have to work too hard.

BonezMcCoy 2013-01-05 16:58

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Originally Posted by Spectrephonic (Post 1212849)
The real units are often used in chain on vocals, just because they do different things. Mostly 1176 (FET) -> LA-2A (RE-2A). 2 compressors in chain can be good because neither have to work too hard.

Yep! The Opto's slow attack and non-linearity coupled with FET's fast attack can produce great results. I often use them on basslines, sometimes O>F, other times, F>O.

DNGmaestro 2013-01-05 17:54

You people got me even more confused lol I actually don't have the habit of having 2 compressors chained in mixing channels.

Spectrephonic 2013-01-05 18:23

O it's a very common technique, basically because you can get away with more compression without it sounding too compressed. In this case both compressors are very different as well so they work on different elements of the track they're applied on.

You really have to understand the basics of compression and the characteristics of the devices first before try to do something this way IMHO.

charlycharlzz 2013-01-05 21:19

I think RE-2A is more of a virtual pre amp for vocal then a comp but I dont really know I have not tryed it out yet !
but by watching vids i know I whant both 4 shure

devilfish 2013-01-05 21:22

the RE-2A sounds like an LA-2A
the FET sounds like an 1176LN...

so.. you definitly need both!

and i'm still missing the Fairchild & CL-1B to complete my comp. list ;)


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