Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by TAVD, Feb 12, 2008.
What do you like in the $1-2k range, new or used, specifically for acoustic guitar?
I couldn't imagine a better compressor for acoustic OR electric guitar than a Urei 1176LN or Purple MC77, and actually I favor the Purple a little. It can be had for around $1,600. Just happens to be wonderful for bass and most vocals as well.
Thanks Elambo. I suppose I should list what I already have.
DIY 1176 (D version)
DIY API 525
B&B CX-1 (vca based)
What I don't have is a nice tube or opto type compressor and I guess I'm just wondering if I'm missing something.
How 'bout the best of both - something along the lines of an LA-2a?
Perhaps a Red Stripe to keep it in your budget:
The Distressor has a setting that's really nice for that thick, strummy acoustic sound, when you need it to cut thru a mix.
It's at the lower end of your price range, and very few studios don't have at least one. Lots of uses...
Tube Tech CL1-B and Daking are both lovely with acoustic guitar (and pretty much anything acoustic). I sometimes see CL1-Bs selling around $1800 used, and a Daking sells new for that. I've never seen a used Daking compressor on eBay.
Watch, now that I said that, five of 'em will pop up at the same time.
Recently I hardly ever record acoustic guitar with compression, but that's not much help, is it?