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Really Nice Leveling Amp

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Really Nice Leveling Amp
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The Really Nice Levelling Amplifier (RNLA) is a compressor, of sorts, with a character that works well with vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitars and two-mix sources. A friend describes the RNLA's tone as "thick and gooey". Some very well-outfitted RNLA users report that even with a full complement of expensive, vintage levelling amps/compressors, the RNLA still fills a niche that the others don't!

The sonic performance of the RNLA harkens back to the Really Nice Compressor's (RNC's) origins. The original RNC was, in fact, based upon an optical gain element that was ultimately rejected (and tucked away) due to its imparting of a sonic signature (i.e., "color"). However, just like trying to throw away a ball of adhesive tape, this one has also stuck with (to?) us! What's the old saying? What's old, is new again? The implementation is a little different (i.e., no opto) from the 1984 version, but the final sound is eerily similar...

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Really Nice(STERIO) Levelling Amp 6 of 6 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Nanaimo, British Columbia
This is a very versatile compressor that has a nice spongy/warm/gooey sounding compression but isn't overly colourful and works well on any source! Its very versatile in the ratio's allowing you to do anywhere between 1:1 - 25:1 and anywhere in between as its not detented(I really like that). Great range of attack and release times 1ms-11ms! The Log release button is meant to restore lost transients on percussive sources! It has a bypass button which is very handy to A/B sources. And lastly it has a sidechain output on the back, I havent used it, but good to know its there. I really like it on bass and guitar. Also one thing to note is it works well whether your using it as an aggresive compressor or just levelling a vocal or a bass or something. I used it on a jazz vox session and just did 2-3 db of reduction at 3:1 ratio , medium attack fastish release and it worked great and added just a sliver of attitude/colour whatever you wanna call it lol. I havent used this on drums yet but I've heard it holds it's own! I can see it being awsome for kick,snare, and even high hats or like a ride mic or something. Also haven't tried it on mix buss but also heard it can be nice! The bottom line is this is a hugely versatile compressor and a great value! I think the size and look can fool one into thinking its cheap, but this thing will always be in my studio for something! It lives on bass for now though!!! If you want something just as versatile but very transparent look to the FMR RNC. They are both similar beasts, but the RNLA has a more vintagy and gentle opto type vibe. Its not an opto compessor but I just mean it has more of that vibe where as the RNC has more of a VCA Fast and aggressive type vibe, think DBX 160a.. Thanks...Happy Compessing!
Posted by James C on Mar 6, 2018
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Great Valued Compressor 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   North York (Steeles), Ontario
I was looking for something to put on the master bus that added a bit of colour. This machine does exactly what I wanted... it glues the mix together well and adds some nice rounding to my digital machinedrum. My mixes are much easier on the ears since picking this up:)
Posted by Mike on Jun 19, 2014
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Nice little big compressor 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Mississauga, Ontario
This ugly little box is a really big sounding compressor. It has a nice character to it, features as features, its a compressor, attack, release, threshold and so on. 250$ most definitely worth the money. wall wart power supply is a bit disadvantage, but since its ugly box i got used to it. Great sound, knobs feel great, built quality amazing. it doesnt feel cheap at all
Posted by Dot on Jul 11, 2012
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