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Phil Demetro

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FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« on: February 08, 2011, 02:38:00 pm »

With Brad's permission...

For sale:

1 x Maselec MLA-3 Multi-Band Compressor.

Approx. 8 months old and in exceptionally fine condition.

Incredible design, power and flexibility - perhaps just a bit outside my normal work flow.

The MLA-3 is a real mastering processor.
See website for informative operating instructions.

Paid $5250 last June.

Asking $4500.
Have box and manual.

Shipping is extra.
Happy to answer any questions by email:
phil@lacquerchannel.com
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jdg

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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 02:46:25 pm »

already? Twisted Evil

wanna trade for my MLA2  Very Happy  
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 03:52:01 pm »

ohh snap!
I need try dig up some cash

Phil Demetro

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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2011, 03:32:45 pm »

Sold!

Thanks...
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2011, 04:23:47 pm »

Hey Phil, did someone here buy it or?

Don't have to share the name if you wish to respect their privacy, but I've been interested in this box for a while now. What made you sell? Just not enough use for it?
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2011, 07:35:59 pm »

Hi Brad!

Yes, a well respected engineer on this board bought it!

Honestly, this is a pretty cool box. The only hardware MB that I've heard and liked. Every time I used it all I could think was how much this box was made for mastering.

It's deep and pretty intuitive and different/better sounding in my rig than the MLA2 I tried - the MLA2 is also a real mastering compressor.

The VCA sound is lively but clean. The overall sound should also provide virtually no distraction to your signal path.

Most times I just used it broad-band and it was usually a even toss-up in this mode with my C2.

Reason for selling? Day-to-day it just required me to do stuff outside of what I've become accustomed to doing. Not laziness so much as just having a system in place that's working for me at the moment.

The first thing I thought when it went up for sale is that I can always get another one.

That makes the whole selling thing easier.

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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2011, 09:14:23 pm »

This is a good box. I'm a biased Maselec fanboy admittedly, but I think most people could get into it. It's also become invaluable in my lacquer cutting chain (alongside the MPL-2). Don't use the link features much and almost never run it in all-linked compressor mode. I think most people just don't want to give up 3U to something they might not use on the majority of projects. Certainly understandable. So far all my Maselec gear has proved to be a good investment.
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011, 12:45:03 am »

Phil,


   Not to change this into a hardware MB thread but by saying it was the only one you tried and liked, which other pieces did you try out? The tube tech is the only other one I know of.

-Chris
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2011, 01:41:20 am »

chrisdoremus wrote on Thu, 10 February 2011 00:45

 The tube tech is the only other one I know of.


There's also the Drawmer S3

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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2011, 01:55:18 am »

How have you used your MLA-3? A little on all the bands or just lows or highs, like I usually do those rare times I use MB..?

The reason I'm asking is simple, and this goes into self promotion area: I have a pretty good idea for a HF compressor, but I've been thinking it could just as well be switchable to a low frequency compressor.

I think that would be cool for everyday use. Transparent crossover, simple interface, 1HE.
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2011, 06:32:29 am »

FWIW, to help answer your question Jaakko, I use mine 25% of the time on lows only, 74% of the time with lows and highs, and 1% with all three engaged, when something is a real mess.

Having said that, a simple +0.5 gain in the mid section can sometimes bring a vocal out like little else.

Mainly I use it as a 'clever' shelf eq. If I want to cut the low end then using the MLA-3 you can get the cut you want, but you get tightness/punch for 'free' into the bargain.

Certainly be interested to see what you came up with Jaakko! Smile
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2011, 06:33:34 am »

This box gets a lot of love from some, I would truly like to hear it sometime, but I just cannot justify it to myself. For sure it's hard to find a good multiband compressor in the digital realm but once you have for the rare times it's required I am satisifed with results.

It also seems a little overpriced based on it's components IMO listing at
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2011, 06:47:59 am »

SafeandSound wrote on Thu, 10 February 2011 13:33

It also seems a little overpriced based on it's components IMO listing at
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Jaakko Viitalähde
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2011, 07:10:31 am »

Macc wrote on Thu, 10 February 2011 11:32

FWIW, to help answer your question Jaakko, I use mine 25% of the time on lows only, 74% of the time with lows and highs, and 1% with all three engaged, when something is a real mess.

Having said that, a simple +0.5 gain in the mid section can sometimes bring a vocal out like little else.

Mainly I use it as a 'clever' shelf eq. If I want to cut the low end then using the MLA-3 you can get the cut you want, but you get tightness/punch for 'free' into the bargain.



^^

This.

I love how this box can so easily make abrasive, harsh highs smooooooth...

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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2011, 10:35:08 am »

I use it all the time. I like multibands. I think of using a multiband as being able to only apply compression where needed. I don't get this 'only when somethings broken' conventional wisdom.

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