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Ramirez wrote:We also have a H3000 here, and a Lexicon PCM91, but I haven't really paid much attention to them. There's an EMT140 in bits in the workshop too...

You could go to the effort to make impulse responses of some of the settings of those items, and it can be fun and a learning experience, but others have probably already done it (google for impulse responses) - and of course you can get plugins which reproduce those things in detail with *all* the settings, so if you like the sounds those things make, grabbing the plugins would probably get you 95+% of the way there a lot quicker...

True. To be honest I don't feel I'm missing too much when I load the Eventide 2016 or Arturia plate plugins instead of using the hardware reverbs.

I do want to get the plate up and running though (though there might be an issue with asbestos in the case...).
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I found a great resource a few years back - someone who had made IRs of the Lexicon 480L .. I've used them quite a bit over the years and they sound good, even if lately I use more the Lexicon native.

Let me see.. yes it seems still around, here: https://www.housecallfm.com/download-gn ... xicon-480l
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CS70 wrote:Apparently the one loudest female singer in the world can do 121dB so I stand corrected - you need a compressor if you have a piece of music with her starting with a whisper and ending with her loudest note! :lol:

Not really. She can reach 121dB SPL at the loudest, but what's a whisper? 40dB SPL? The noise floor in my room is around 30dB SPL during the day, and a whisper must be louder than that or it wouldn't be inaudible...

So you're talking about a recorded dynamic range from whisper to ouch of around 80dB, maybe 90dB if we're feeling generous...

You could capture that perfectly well on a 16bit DAT machine if you set your levels carefully, and it wouldn't be even slightly difficult on a 24 bit format. So still no absolute need to use a compressor for the recording.
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Re: Hardware compressors around £400

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CS70 wrote:I found a great resource a few years back - someone who had made IRs of the Lexicon 480L .. I've used them quite a bit over the years and they sound good, even if lately I use more the Lexicon native.

Let me see.. yes it seems still around, here: https://bedroomproducersblog.com/2014/0 ... responses/

That's cool, thanks!

Would anyone be interested if I did some IRs of a few of the RMX16's presets?
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Hugh Robjohns wrote:
CS70 wrote:Apparently the one loudest female singer in the world can do 121dB so I stand corrected - you need a compressor if you have a piece of music with her starting with a whisper and ending with her loudest note! :lol:

Not really. She can reach 121dB SPL at the loudest, but what's a whisper? 40dB SPL? The noise floor in my room is around 30dB SPL during the day, and a whisper must be louder than that or it wouldn't be inaudible...

So you're talking about a recorded dynamic range from whisper to ouch of around 80dB, maybe 90dB if we're feeling generous...

You could capture that perfectly well on a 16bit DAT machine if you set your levels carefully, and it wouldn't be even slightly difficult on a 24 bit format. So still no absolute need to use a compressor for the recording.

Yes ;-).. I was merely trying to be a little bit accommodating... :D
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And on a side note: 121dB!! Probably short bursts, but holy cow!
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Ramirez wrote:Would anyone be interested if I did some IRs of a few of the RMX16's presets?

Sure, go for it!

For a few dollars, this one looks pretty good:
https://inhalt.bigcartel.com/product/townhouse-rmx-ams-rmx-16-impulse-responses
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CS70 wrote:And on a side note: 121dB!! Probably short bursts, but holy cow!

I imagine that was measured within a metre... but yes, professional singers can certainly belt it out!
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CS70 wrote:And on a side note: 121dB!! Probably short bursts, but holy cow!

I think there's generally someone like this at most gigs...
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CS70 wrote:And on a side note: 121dB!! Probably short bursts, but holy cow!

I think there's generally someone like this at most gigs...
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Remember that not all of us have your screaming fans... :lol:
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CS70 wrote:
blinddrew wrote:
CS70 wrote:And on a side note: 121dB!! Probably short bursts, but holy cow!

I think there's generally someone like this at most gigs...
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Remember that not all of us have your screaming fans... :lol:

I think you know that's not what I meant! ;)
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Have you considered the Aphex Easy Rider?

Not too many knobs to mess with, but it really makes some material pop, which I guess is what you're usually trying to avoid if you're using a compressor. That being said, you get four compressors that sound great for not a lot of money.

Best of luck!
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