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    yeah I wonder if you would get anything from the new AEA TRP or RPQ which seem to be getting great GAS play for Ribbons.

    acoustic guitars can be elusive sounds, imo. sounding good in the room and sometimes like a tiny boxy tone through the mic to daw. i figure if a person can get an acoustic track right its probably harder than even a vocal with FX on it.

    i was messing about and the Recording mag fell to the floor which was the release of the ART VLA, Sept 97 issue. Pretty much the same back then as the HR hopeful for a Fairchild or LA2A, all using the optical-compression.

    VLA and Levelar got great reviews.According to that article the VLA can do everything a LA2A can do (it was an design copy somewhat), VLA a little cleaner spec/ less noise w/ ability to crank the knobs and go from Mastering Stereo clean to Vox distortion was possible. The cheaper Levelar's had fixed settings with a voice and acoustic intention 2ms or 200ms and 300 or 3000ms release ..in short less controls. Both having the circuit of the Optical Compression as the LA2A and Fairchild.
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    I had the rack levelar on my list for a time. The DOD came along at the right price .

    Believe it or not I plan to use guitar in this synth stuff, so the new MIC may get a workout

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    you have a lot of pre's to choose from. ive been reading ART VLA, VLA2 to Adele UA6176 vs UA610mk2 to get an idea whats the deal? I already went through a bunch of pre's and the mics became center stage, but just did a $49 dry sterile clean mic shoot with KSM44 and no processing and while the condenser has something, the $49 Shure58? with a smashed screen isnt 10000miles away, so its confusing....would a $2000 pre/channel be expected to leap from a DAW + free plugs in this HR room? kind of a $3000 setup versus a 58+free plugs? wow...

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    I think for the test to be valid, you should be on a jet airplane. I know for my small amps sitting up on a TV tray, my ball-head Tascam is quick and dirty

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    like Layala from the champ amp...anything might work.
    i might have to go 100% ITB and a $40 mic.....car ins up, house escrow up, taxes up, income down. the Economy must be using a really good compressor....a lot of squeeze going on, maybe 10:1 ratio.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-HG

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    The start of our Depression in 2007 is really putting the squeeze play into high gear. $20 bread may not be far off. I pretty much just have to worry about utilities and cat food, but savings are tuff. You'll want to plan on Rubles conversion rates when Putin takes over. hahah

    Ya, I've been fairly impressed with what Magix gives me to work with in a $100 DAW. they get me some "trick" pieces every so often wanting me to buy the rest of the packages, but I'm good to go. I've didn't bother with the Behringer stuff (yet), but I've yet to try the W1 limiter I downloaded Feb. 12. I felt I didn't have limiter choices. Looking at 64-bit toy box.

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    I still would like to hear a MPA/VLA combo, in dirty settings...according to the first review the VLA can crunch it like the LA2A just a bit cleaner in dirt and rfi noise. sometimes I wonder how much of the new toy placebo is replaced with the "other" strange toy.
    my brains burnt from all of it going up and down, one day it sounds fabukous next time a 58 with a smashed grill is 97% there? wtf?

    i thought it was water thats getting bought up and will be sold at $60 a gallon, not Milk. Your in Arizona you dont need grass in the yard, its illegal anyway. i hope Im wrong but the fossil fuel shortage might come back and gas zooms to $4.00 gal again..lol
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    Well, it's the same for me buying knives, I can find a old Sabatier chef knife at the recycle for $2. I bought one new nice kitchen knife, but I don't need a new chef knife for $300, when the old pitted Sabatier works like a champ. I recently bought a $70 fighting knife when I went to buy a $30 fighting knife, but that was a "gift" to myself : ) H ahaha The next one was a $7 pocket knife. IV'e yet to find anyone to knife fight yet

    You never know when there will be a Levelar fight brewing

    Though the ART was on my list, the DOD 866 came along at the right price. The DOD and some VST and there is hidden magic ! I haven't found it yet, but its there - next to the Lost Dutchman Mine
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    the VST is probably all anyone needs these days, so maybe just get some rack gear and leave it unplugged but have knobs the turn and get a placebo effect.

    if I got the mono version of the MPA /VLA its only $24 for the MP and $60 for a leVaLAr....?
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    A single lavalar might be fun. A fair amount of my exports are MONO and you can process one channel/track as you desire

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