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Old 14th July 2002, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default hard vs software compressors

I was recently told: "There's not much point to recording through a VST compressor. For recording, an outboard compressor will deliver the maximum good clean signal to the AD convertor. Applying an on-board compressor plugin, after the convertor, will only bring up the noise-floor. It will not acheive the same benefit as good outboard compression."

Meaning: I should get an external compressor unit rather than apply VST compressor plugins after or during recording.

Do you agree?

Is it possible to get a decent quality unit that is both a mic preamp and a compressor?

Thankyou for your help.
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Old 14th July 2002, 12:32 PM   #2
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Hello karambos, an outboard compressor box is usefull for both live work and mixdown work.
A DAW workstation compressor is usefull for mixdown only, but that said there are some damm good software compressors (definable and multiband) as standard and as plugins -
Samplitude Producer
is a good starting point.
Outboard compressers will give quieter input noise levels, but are expensive and can be limited in adjustability, but the right one can add a desirable sonic flavour.

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