Favorite compressor for acoustic guitar

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  1. TAVD

    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    What do you like in the $1-2k range, new or used, specifically for acoustic guitar?
     
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    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.
     
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    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks Elambo. I suppose I should list what I already have.

    Currently:
    RNC
    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.
     
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    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...

    Loudboy
     
  6. MichaelK

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    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?
     

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