Arts Acoustic CL Series compressors- no love?

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koolkeys
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16120 posts since 2 Dec, 2003 from Nashville, TN

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:29 pm

I know that Arts Acoustic's reverb has been a favorite of many people around here. So I figured their compressors would get a little more attention.

I had the opportunity to beta test these plugs, and I thought for sure that people would talk about them more. But maybe not? Heck, the interfaces for the plugs are gorgeous, IMO(http://www.artsacoustic.com/aacls_screenshots.html). That usually gets people talking about a plug, even without good sound. People also seem to love plug-ins that color your sound, which these do as well.

So I guess this could be considered a "if you haven't seen them yet" kind of post. Definitely some great compressors if you haven't seen them or tried them already.

I think my favorite 'feature' is the way they let you mix the mid/side signals. Plenty of really flexible options there, along with negative ratios and both internal/external sidechain. And you get three different comps with various levels of complexity. They do sound great with a little grit going for them as well. Drums seem to call for these the most, at least for me.

Anyways, no other reason for this post than a little "bump". I know with all the holiday sales and NAMM, these may have just gotten lost in the mix a bit. So if you haven't seen them, it may be worth trying:

http://www.artsacoustic.com/artsacoustic_clseries.html

Brent
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djanthonyw
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7305 posts since 20 Jul, 2004 from Clearwater

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:38 pm

There's no Mac version yet, so that could be a reason why there's not as much chatter as expected. I'll be trying them when they're available for OS X.
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16120 posts since 2 Dec, 2003 from Nashville, TN

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:43 pm

djanthonyw wrote:There's no Mac version yet, so that could be a reason why there's not as much chatter as expected.
Yes, but I would guess that there are just as many, probably more, PC users here.

I believe the Mac version is coming, along with 64-bit(which I'm looking forward to!). But Mac version or not, I just thought more people would be talking about it. Maybe it will just take a spark of new development on the series, like the Mac/64-bit versions.

Regardless, definitely some good plugs, IMO.

For anyone who wonders, they work just fine in Windows 7 using a 64-bit wrapper(any of them, from Sonar's to Reaper's to jBridge).

Brent
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PaulG
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1287 posts since 30 Jan, 2004

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:43 pm

Maybe there's oversaturation on the top-quality compressor market but maybe not the reverb market?

audiobot202
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1160 posts since 24 Dec, 2004 from Adelaide, South Australia

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:44 pm

There are also a ton of good compressors around and these are fairly expensive.

No doubt another reason along with tough times...
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Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:57 pm

audiobot202 wrote:There are also a ton of good compressors around and these are fairly expensive.

No doubt another reason along with tough times...
Very possible, yes. Though I think the price is about the same as much of the competition. Pro-C is $199, and is only a single plug(I like Pro-C- not bagging on it). It may be up in price a bit, but there are many that cost as much or more.

I guess the point of all this is just to give them a little attention. Maybe it will help somebody see them who didn't see them before. They really are great plugs, IMO.

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Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:00 pm

Also, for what it's worth, if you buy the compressors, I just noticed they give you 50% off of their reverb until Jan 31st.

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Spitfire31
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3134 posts since 18 May, 2003 from Sweden

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:09 pm

I agree with Brent that it IS a bit of a riddle why some products generate a lot of chatter while others, arguably just as good or better, sink into a morass of silence. :o

Witness for instance what's happened to Kinisis! Ever since the initial hubbub subsided after launch (or rather, after the now infamous "Kinisis is most fat synth" thread), it has virtually vanished and my puny effort to bump the initial thread has been met with a deafening silence.

Compare this with the old (in a relative sense!) Synplant, which still generates quite a few, mostly very favourable posts, in spite of not having been updated with the desired LFO host sync yet…

Back OT, I have the greatest respect for the ability (and user support!) of Arts Acoustic. Being on Macs, I haven't had the chance to demo the CL comps but I certainly will as soon as the promised AU version is on line.

It's also true that the comp market may be rather saturated, but a quality product offering plus values should still strike home among pros and aficionados, no?

I have the impression that the 'verb market is quite crowded, too, these days, from good free stuff to Aether and Lexicon at the other end. All the better for us users, of course.

Better hurry up with that Mac version, AA! ;-)

/rant

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djanthonyw
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Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:12 pm

A group buy might be a good idea... when the Mac version is out.
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Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:19 pm

djanthonyw wrote:A group buy might be a good idea... when the Mac version is out.
I think you are right! Then again, a group buy is ALWAYS a good idea, isn't it? Well, most of the time at least.

I have no idea if AA would do a GB(have they done them before?), but who knows.

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JeffSanders
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1119 posts since 29 Jun, 2004 from within you without you

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:07 pm

The AA CL compressors are the bomb. :love:

heffus
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1085 posts since 3 Aug, 2005 from Chicago

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:45 pm

I too thought these would get a little more attention. Even though I can't afford them I love playing with the demo. Work that input knob!!

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121 posts since 4 Nov, 2005

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:42 pm

These dropped right at Christmas and I was traveling so I couldn't really demo them. I expected to read lots of reports and reviews but it just kinda vanished. I won't be back in my studio for another month or so, so I can't demo for myself. There have been so many great plugs dropping lately, that it's easy to fall into obscurity quick.

Coil
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290 posts since 25 Apr, 2005 from GerMansk

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:16 pm

there are tons of good compressors out there and i really don't need another one (especially for that price ). :?

when i want a nice gui, i just open my stillwell rocket :hihi:

rasmusklump
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1401 posts since 13 May, 2004 from Germany

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:34 pm

For me they are far to expensive although I am owner of the reverb. I only need the smallest comp without all that s/m or whatever that is and don't want to buy the other ones too....Also with the 25% off they are not in a pricerange I would buy them...

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