Crane Song STC-8 Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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August 19, 2012
Great piece of gear for any studioI got the chance to use this unit while I was an intern at a recording studio which recently added the STC-8 to their rack. Testing it mainly for mastering my own electronic tracks, you can use this unit incorrectly and not be able to tell... it has the ability to add large amounts of clean gain with no distortion. IMO, the layout of the preset knob is the most confusing thing about the STC-8 to understand, just consult the manual and you will be able to choose your desired preset. Using the STC-8 on Variable mode while mastering a track adds a noticeable amount of gain over the presets (C preset in this case). The KI mode does add that vintage warmth, but I wouldn't jump to use it on every track as it noticeably cuts the high end. If i had the cash, I'd be adding an STC-8 to my studio immediately.
Tom Stoneman, Owner, Stoneman Studios
from Redwood City, CA USA
October 31, 2008Music Background:
Owner of commercial recording and production studio
STC-8 - this compressor is so good for mixing or mastering it's scaryIt is rare that I am impressed enough to write anything let alone an unsolicited review. In this case, I have to tell you, this compressor is nothing short or amazing. It has it's own character but can be totally transparent. I've used it to track and it can do both RMS and Peak Limiting in one path! I've also used it to do basic mastering (this is what many big mastering houses use) and although we don't do a lot of mastering, it did the job flawlessly.
If you can only have one compressor, this would be in my short list for sure. I't just plain scary how good it is.