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    What's a good outboard vocal compressor without going up to the LA2A?

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    Been eyeing on a used Empirical Distressor EL-X but I really don't know much about either of them.

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    If you're looking for LA-2A-ish compression, on the cheap side, the ART Pro VLA is a surprisingly decent box. If the budget allows, there are several LA-2A-ish clones out there...

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    The Art Pro VLA II is in my mic chain for everything I track. I'm happy with it. It also does nice things to bass.

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    Is a pre-amp is required to work with this? It looks like it would require a pre-amp in case Phantom is required?
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    I think it's preferable to hook up your mic to a good mic pre then go into the compressor. Might be kinda counter intuitive though since u bought a nice mic pre to raise the level then buy another gear to crush it. Lol

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    Yeah, you need a mic pre in front of the compressor.

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    Just using the transformer and the amp with no gain reduction can do nice things to harsh digital samples. Wouldn't want it on everything, but nice.

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    Ultimately I got the la2a clone. It warms up my voice. My vocal chain is Neumann tlm 103-->Isa one-->audioscape la2a-->mixer

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