If you want to get the most out of your audio efforts, you need some dynamic processing tools. At Sweetwater, we know that different compressors and limiters excel at different tasks. Smoothing out the volume of an expressive vocal performance requires a completely different approach than smashing your drum bus for parallel compression techniques. Luckily, we carry a vast range of industry-tested compressors and limiters, and we're here to help you find the right one for your application.
There's a lot of talk out there about the different types of compressors and how they sound and perform. It's common to hear Optical and FET compressors described as "fast" and "precise," tube compressors as "warm" and "fat," and VCA compressors as "versatile." But the truth is that there's a lot more that determines the sound of any given compressor or limiter than just the circuit type. Said another way, two tube compressors can have very different sonic characters, even though they share the same general circuit type.
A better place to start your search is how many channels of audio you want to compress simultaneously. Are you focusing on working with individual tracks in a mix? Do you want to use it as a stereo bus compressor too? Do you need as many channels as possible in a certain number of rack spaces? These are practical considerations that will help you narrow your search.
Do you want to be able to trigger compression or limiting from an external audio signal? Take a look at compressors and limiters than include a sidechain input. For example, you can use sidechain to "duck" a bass guitar track every time the kick drum hits.
What input and output types do you want to work with? Take a look at our detailed specs, or the unit's back-panel image to make sure it has the connectivity you prefer. You’ll want to make sure your selected compressor or limiter is compatible with your other gear and preferences.
When buying compressors and limiters, Sweetwater is here to help steer you along the right path. We spent all day every day learning about new audio gear, and we're excited to help you find the right tools based on your specific applications. If you have questions about any of our compressors or limiters, just call our Sales Engineers. Learn More
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.