[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 15px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_custom_headline level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]There are so many great tools out there, where do you begin?[/x_custom_headline][x_text]I’ll be sharing options for each kind of processor that I “couldn’t live without”. Some of the processors listed here can be found in plug-in bundles that might meet other compression, gating, etc… needs. Of course you have to think about budget when acquiring your tools, this list highlights some of my favorites from all around.[/x_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Compressors[/x_custom_headline][x_text]There are so many great compressors out there but for me these are the essentials.
Notice there is one from each of the four “main” food groups; FET, Optical, VCA, Tube.[/x_text][x_icon_list][x_icon_list_item type=”check”]Urei 1176 or UA 1176[/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”check”]LA-2A or Tube-Tech CL1B[/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”check”]Waves C1 Comp-SC[/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”check”]Wave C1 Comp (for side-chain compressing)[/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”check”]SSL Bus Compressor or API 2500 or Neve 33609[/x_icon_list_item][x_icon_list_item type=”check”]Manley Vari-Mu or another compressor that goes down to at least a 2:1[/x_icon_list_item][/x_icon_list][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Limiters[/x_custom_headline][x_text]UA Precision Limiter, Sonnox Oxford Limiter or McDSP ML1000[/x_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Gates/Expanders[/x_custom_headline][x_text]Avid Expander/Gate or some other gate with side-chain filtering/input.[/x_text][x_line][x_text]Although my personal list may not be the same for everyone, it’s definitely worked very well for my needs. I’d love to hear how these plugins work out in your mixes, or about your own personal essential toolset for Compressors, Limiters, Gate and Expanders.[/x_text][x_custom_headline level=”h3″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Questions? Comments?[/x_custom_headline][x_text]As always, please share in the comments section below![/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]