Indispensable Compressors

Help me build a list please.

Obvious ones:
Neve 33609/2254
Teletronix LA2A
Urei 1176
Fairchild 670
Alesis 3630

Any others?

17 thoughts on “Indispensable Compressors

  1. Perhaps you’re missing a few truly offensive compressors from the early 90s, without which Jungle and Drum’n’Bass wouldn’t be as dirty.


    That really cheap BBE 2-channel that Turnkey used to fob off to wannabe gangstaz. Even cheaper than the Behringer Composer Pro if you can believe that. I used make their overdriven tone a key selling point.

  2. +++ API 2500 (I need this smack) 🙂
    ++ LA2A
    ++ Phoenix
    DBX 162 SL
    Vertigo Sound VSC-2
    Summit DCL 200
    Drawmer S 3
    Drawmer 1968 Mercenary Edition
    Elysia Alpha
    Crane Song STC-8

  3. Retro Instruments stuff is great (like modern versions of some of the classics for example the STA Leveling Amplifier)
    API 2500 – Got to be up there for sure
    Safe Sound Audio Dynamics Toolbox & P501 Peakride 🙂
    Joe Meek For Super Squashing parallel is good stuff IMO
    Thermionic Culture
    Purple Audio
    rockruepel Tube Compressor/Comp.One
    Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph
    Empirical Labs Fatso with the UHBK Mod (sounds great and alot more versatile)
    GML Compressor
    Smart/Alan Smart
    and plus One/+1 for what has already been mentioned for sure

  4. GML 8900….the complete dynamics tool…ITB i’ve only found the oxford dynamics to be similar, but its not perfect, skipping thru screens to get between the limiter and the compressor section can be annoying. i saw the you tube video of massenburg demonstrating it and gotta say i really really learned a hell of a lot about compression in the space of 6 minutes!

  5. I like the suggestions here. I don’t have much to add in terms of additional compressor references, but the top of my “typical” list are:
    CL1B, API 2500, SSL Bus, and Distressor.

  6. I love my Charteroak SCL-1, so perhaps it could be included? The Elysia mpressor is really interesting, and of course, something similar to my Vari-Mu would be great, at least getting close, as a mix comp. I don’t expect ditching my 2bus hw chain 🙂

    (And of course, a 3630 for that french house sound…)


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