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no1uno

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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2011, 03:59:51 pm »

Gold wrote on Thu, 10 February 2011 09:35

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.





same as above.  

I used the M5000 w/MD2 a lot in its day, now gone and replaced by modern limiter algorithms, and so was quite accustomed to the strength MB brings to the chain. MLA-3 has been a similar workhorse in the analog processing chain.  In fact, I'm quite happy with the entire MEQ-2, MLA-3 and MPL-2 chain. That chain could stand all by itself with nothing else around and accomplish most anything needed (but what fun would that be, variety is the spice and all that...)

Using the band gains as shelves is very cool when appropriate, especially when striving to get the low end in hip-hop to hit hard, lifting a vox to be up front or taming a painful high end.  I would hate to work without a -good- MB compressor available but a -bad- MB should be avoided like a bad dentist.

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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2011, 08:26:59 am »

When I do use it, I tend to use my MLA-3 on it's own, with no other EQ or comp.

If I do use another EQ (not a Maselec), I tend to put the MLA-2 after it.
A very different animal being optical.

The MLA-3 is a great just being used as a "Baby Steps, Broad Strokes" EQ, when very little is needed on the mix.

For me, too many Maselec pieces in the chain at once, start to sound a certain way that's hard to describe.

Lot's of "No Colour" but in a bad way to my ears.
That's why I only ever have one Maselec piece in the chain at any one time.
Then it's fine!

The same goes for the console.
Although it's meant to be transparent, (and almost definitely measures so) I find it has something unmusical about it.

Many will disagree but that's just my take on it.
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2011, 12:59:10 pm »

dave-G wrote on Fri, 11 February 2011 07:59

mcsnare wrote on Thu, 10 February 2011 22:56

Phil you're such a gear playa. Love 'em and leave 'em.

Runner up to John "Tiger-Woods-of-EQ" McCaig, I think.



phil still wins
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Ben F

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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2011, 06:27:24 pm »

Table Of Tone wrote on Mon, 14 February 2011 23:56

When I do use it, I tend to use my MLA-3 on it's own, with no other EQ or comp.

If I do use another EQ (not a Maselec), I tend to put the MLA-2 after it.
A very different animal being optical.

The MLA-3 is a great just being used as a "Baby Steps, Broad Strokes" EQ, when very little is needed on the mix.

For me, too many Maselec pieces in the chain at once, start to sound a certain way that's hard to describe.

Lot's of "No Colour" but in a bad way to my ears.
That's why I only ever have one Maselec piece in the chain at any one time.
Then it's fine!

The same goes for the console.
Although it's meant to be transparent, (and almost definitely measures so) I find it has something unmusical about it.

Many will disagree but that's just my take on it.


I'd agree. I find the MEA-2 (Ver 6) has a softening effect on the sound (especially on low end) and also sort of flattens the image. I though the compressor had better bass but still flattened the image and had that kind of 'clean but boring' sound. Kept the Tube-Tech SMC 2B that comes in handy on a rare session, I like the way it grooves along, and have enjoyed the sweet midrange and low end on the tube-tech gear after many years of use.
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Re: FS: Maselec MLA-3 Tri-Band Compressor
« Reply #34 on: February 14, 2011, 09:31:33 pm »

[quote title=Ben F wrote on Mon, 14 February 2011 15:27]
Table Of Tone wrote on Mon, 14 February 2011 23:56


For me, too many Maselec pieces in the chain at once, start to sound a certain way that's hard to describe.




It's the kind of thing where the wrong settings sound bad, but find the right setting and it's magic.  It took me a while to come to terms with that.   I used to want to turn it on and sound amazing, while I put my feet up on the desk but no gear can do that... =P

I've found the MEA-2 and the MLA-3 compliment each other very well, but it's all about the settings.  Keep tweaking lads.
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