Make / Model: DBX 160A
For many folks, THE DBX compressor folks know as THE 160, is the VU one. And while I have worked with those classic compressors, the truth is, I fucking hate them. They have an odd thing that happens around 5-6k, a smeary-ness, that I just cannot stand.
However, the 160a (the cheap one) is the BEST BASS GUITAR AND KICK DRUM COMPRESSOR IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.
I grew up thinking Sick Of It All was the best sounding hardcore band. Like ‘Scratch The Surface’ era. I grew up thinking ‘…And justice for All’ sounded great. So for that aesthetic, this is THE COMPRESSOR.