Y’all might be tired of seeing this rack, but since it’s Instagram I have to attach a picture to the story 😜
Just got a request from a client for a revision of a mix from a month or so ago. The request was to turn down the the De-Esser. I have implemented quite a few changes in my set up since I mixed this song, so I pulled the session up and started working through it a bit again with new gear. Specifically a vocal chain that is mostly hardware, as opposed to previously when it was mostly plug-ins. What I found is I was able to get even better high end and clarity out of the vocal while not even using a De-Esser than I could with plugins. I would truly love to be all ITB, but I’m so stoked that I am continuing to be able to offer a better and better product through searching out the right key pieces that make a difference in my productions and mixes. Hardware for the win, yet again! Thanks to @capigear and @serpentaudiollc
I’m super stoked to have one to call my own! Spent time with a demo unit and it won my shootout. Actually spent some time two days ago with a friend revisiting all of the mixes printed through every other compressor, and it was obvious again that the @serpentaudiollc SB4001 was the winner. Special thanks to Gil Griffith at @wavedistro for the help, and to Mike Pildis for creating such a killer compressor! If you’re curious about the shoot out and didn’t see it happen, read on.
OK… I'm done. This is the one! I am completely blown away by this piece, especially at the price point. It is so close to the SSL G384 it's hard to believe. It has all of that excitement, and power. But without pushing the sides back/bringing the center forward. The G384 might have tied this if it had a built-in side chain, it doesn't, and this does which makes it even better. Then adding all of the extra attack times is the icing on the cake. Being bound to 10MS or 30MS really kind of sucks, this having 15, 20, 25 makes it so much more usable. I tend to love 15 and 20 for attack. This is where I decided there would be no round four. The Serpent Audio has won by knockout as none of the other units I have looked at have these attack times. But wait, there's more! LOL… The grind circuit adds color when I want it with a push of the button. It's affected by the level of input. And the unit has a wide enough range on the threshold that you can really adjust how hard the signal hits the unit, therefore how much grind it has, and still have plenty of control over the threshold. Then there is the blend knob with built in parallel compression. Killer! Then there's the A2 release time. Also killer! A1 (and all of the typical "auto" release times on these SSL variants) seems to be just a big gooey for my taste. A2 is perfect. This thing is a monster.
Alan Smart C1
Alan Smart C2
Serpent Audio SB4001
Tube Tech LCA 2B
Charter Oak SCL-1 .