FMR Audio RNC 1773

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2 - Channel Compressor

  • Stereo or mono
  • Frequency response: 10 - 100 kHz (0.5 dB @ 0dBu)
  • Clip Range: +22.5 dBu @ 3% THD
  • Distortion: Less than 0.1%
  • Threshold range: -40 dBu to +20 dBu
  • Ratio: 1: 1 to 25: 1
  • Attack: 0.2 msec to 200 msec
  • Release range: 05 sec to 5.0 sec
  • Unbalanced inputs
  • Measurements: 13.97 x 13.97 x 4.06 cm
  • Weight 0.9 kg
  • Incl. Power supply
available since June 2005
Item number 179985
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter No
2-Channel Unit Yes
Attack/Release Adjustable Yes
$185
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Excellent, neutral peak compressor
Chris Q. 03.05.2018
The RNC is a fast, peak detector compressor/limiter. I use mine primarily on the way in for recording vocals, acoustic guitar, overheads and bass to add a little bit of polish. Just a bit of fast limiting really makes the difference.

The Really Nice function is great, adding a more forgiving RMS detection style compression character. I've used this when running things back out to it, but am a bit cautious of adding that kind of character during tracking.

My main problem with it is that the attack and release times can be so fast it can be hard to avoid bass heavy instruments distorting. The best workaround for this is to add a HPF to the sidechain - easy really, just a TRS jack and a capacitor. I leave mine in for the most part and it works great.

It's probably the best compressor in its pricerange. If I went back to a desk based studio I'd probably want 3-4 of these before I got anything else.
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kjesinisigejsi 26.05.2020
I'm really into analog mixing. This is the first hardware compressor i bought, and I don't regret it a bit.

It's small, it's cute and it gets the job done. It's very clean but if u want to get a little "dirt" and saturation, the attack and release controls got u covered!
It can be used on anything and you can go from subtle compression to smashing drums.
The super nice mode is fantastic. U don't have to chain multiple compressors with small ratio, just use this function.

AND IT IS CHEAP!! I mean it is stereo compressor and u even have a sidechain option. What more could one ask for.
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Best in its class (YMMV)
aa.ivanov 06.03.2021
I have two units that I use for live work. On different occasions I had tried them on speech, lead vocals, acoustic guitars, as well as on the main bus. I'm comparing against other budget compressors that I use on a regular basis - DBX 166 XS and Behringer MDX2600.

As far as I can tell the RNC 1773 are completely transparent sonically. Their self-noise is audibly lower than both the 166XS and the MDX2600. This makes them my favorite option so far for speakers and vocals.

As a bus compressors RNCs can help with controlling the dynamics of a band in an unobtrusive way. By all chances they may never become a 'legendary' bus-comp but they will help with keeping the 'this is getting too loud' people in certain types of events off your back.

Probably the most obvious thing RNCs lack is a gate. That's why I'm not eager to use them on anything drum- or percussion-like. Fell free to prove me wrong though.

Overall FMR's RNC 1773 is a great overall compressor for an analog rig where only a couple of channels need dynamics control.
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Beautiful transparent sound
Francis524 16.05.2013
This transparent, reliable and easy to use piece of gear is the most cost-effective and pleasant sounding compressor I have ever used, and at just 1/3 rack space it is perfect for a small studio such as mine. Particularly in SuperNice mode, you can barely notice the compressor is even operating. This is ideal for vocals where you need to tame the dynamic range but without squashing the life out of your singer. I wouldn't recommend it for bass or kick drums/snares, but put it across a vocal or acoustic guitar buss and you really can't go wrong. I use this on every song.
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