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    Which VST COMPRESSOR is the best????

    Hey there,

    Got a question: which VST compressor is the best one?
    There are several like: Sonic Timeworks CompressorX, Waves C-4, TC Native Essentials "X", Dominion, mda Dynamics, PSP VintageWarmer, SmartElectronix H2O etc.

    Which one do you guys use?
    Which one is the best for mastering guest mixes for instance and which one for general mastering??
    Any comments appreciated,

    Cheers

    Alex



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    Interested to hear others' thoughts on this. I've experimented with compression on my mixes in the past (SC4) and not entirely happy with the results, always end up sounding flat. But there's also a lot of disagreement about this, so I hope we can get a useful discussion going here.

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    Endorphin is one of my favorite VST compressors.....it does something to the sound i cannot explain, but the results are very listenable ....
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    depend on the use..for instance I'm using C2,C3 or Rcomp (Waves) if I need a fat compression.
    but most of the time (and mainly for voices) I use Sonnox Oxford (Dynamics Native plugin),one of the most transparent imo. (incl. gate,limiter,expander,warmer,and sidechain EQ)

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    yeah, WAVES makes fantastic vst I must say, not only professional but after that the sound is clear nice and warm, of course when you know how to use them

    I use Oxford too, really nice VST's



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex van ReeVe View Post
    yeah, WAVES makes fantastic vst I must say, not only professional but after that the sound is clear nice and warm, of course when you know how to use them

    I use Oxford too, really nice VST's
    I agree, everybody agree ;)

    so if you have Waves and Sonnox, you don't need more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Double M View Post
    I agree, everybody agree ;)

    so if you have Waves and Sonnox, you don't need more

    I agree, but the most important thing is to set the settings right



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex van ReeVe View Post
    I agree, but the most important thing is to set the settings right
    of course...because most people (non professional) are using the original settings indeed..

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    For productions I've been using Cytomic Glue, PSP VW and Ozone 4. For my DJ sets i've used a variety of combinations of these as well, but most recently just some simple processing with the PSP VW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Double M View Post
    I agree, everybody agree ;)

    so if you have Waves and Sonnox, you don't need more
    Well, going to try Sonnox now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Young Free View Post
    Well, going to try Sonnox now
    anyway everyone his own tastes.. some prefer transparent, some hard compressing...there's so many good tools available nowadays (free or not)
    that's why both worlds should be taken into consideration imo ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Double M View Post
    of course...because most people (non professional) are using the original settings indeed..
    a good place to start though, until I get some experience with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex van ReeVe View Post
    Hey there,

    Got a question: which VST compressor is the best one?
    There are several like: Sonic Timeworks CompressorX, Waves C-4, TC Native Essentials "X", Dominion, mda Dynamics, PSP VintageWarmer, SmartElectronix H2O etc.

    Which one do you guys use?
    Which one is the best for mastering guest mixes for instance and which one for general mastering??
    Any comments appreciated,

    Cheers

    Alex
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