FMR Audio RNC "Really Nice" Compressor
The FMR Audio RNC "Really Nice" Compressor is a high-fidelity, stereo compressor intended to provide dynamic range control with minimal side effects! Between the quality, performance, and price point the FMR RNC really just makes sense.
The FMR Audio RNC Compressor provides two modes of operation: normal and SuperNice. Normal mode allows the RNC to be used for everyday compression tasks, like punchy snare drums or bass guitars, and is great for everything from gentle compression to serious squashing. SuperNice mode provides near-invisible signal compression for sensitive material where compression artifacts are less desirable (like vocals, acoustic guitar or the program bus).
How It Sounds
The RNC provides two modes of operation. One allows the RNC to be used for special effects, like snappy snares or popping basses. The other provides near-invisible signal compression for sensitive material where compression artifacts are less desirable (like natural vocals, acoustic guitar or the program bus). The RNC yields clean, airy compression with few artifacts and little high-end loss, even at massive gain reduction! The amazing performance is whyeven after almost 20 yearsmany professionals are calling the RNC one of the best sounding compressors for under $2000.
How It's Done
The RNC achieves such high performance at a low cost by using using a microprocessor to replace discrete sidechain components (resistors, diodes, capacitors, opamps, transistors, etc) with chunks of software, thereby reducing the component cost. This approach, however, still processes the main audio in the analog domain, avoiding the problems associated with digital audio conversion (e.g., latency, digital artifacts). Even the problem of "scratchy" pots and switches are avoided: no audio flows through the front-panel controls. The front-panel pots and swtiches merely feed DC voltages to the microprocessor and it takes care of adjusting parameters and signal path with componentslike sealed-relays and VCAslocated close to the input/output jacks avoiding noise pickup and audio quality reduction due to aging controls! With this blend of technology, the RNC offers the accuracy and precision of digital control with the clean tonal character of an all-analog signal path. The RNC's digital control permits accurate repeatability of your favorite settings.
FMR Audio RNC "Really Nice" Compressor Features
- Stereo compressor in 1/3 rack size.
- Accurate & repeatable 5-parameter controls.
- "Normal" mode for serious signal squashing. Very fast attack times allow positive control of percussive sources.
- "Super Nice" mode for near invisible compression. This mode cascades three stereo compressors in series to reduce compression artifacts.
- Single TRS-cable attachement to many "insert" jacks.
- 1/4" TRS sidechain insert for special effects.
- No audio flows through front-panel controls, permitting short audio runs to avoid hum/noise pickup.
- Rugged extruded aluminum and electro-galvanized steel enclosure.
What We Think
I have been the proud owner of an FMR Audio RNC "Really Nice" Compressor for eight years now. Even have one of the original ones that were built in the plastic project box. Eight years later, and it still works like the day I bought it, and makes it into every recording session I do. The RNC is unbelievably transparent. It is great for some parallel compression on a drum buss, where you dont want to add color to the mix; you just want the drums bigger. It also does a great job in balancing a stereo piano performance. Of course my favorite feature is the Super Nice mode. Engage that the next time you need that perfect vocal or acoustic guitar vocal. FMR gear has definitely made itself a home in my studio. Between the quality, performance, and price point it really just makes sense.
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It is in fact a really nice compressor, especially for the price. Great for people who can't afford studio-mastering-quality equipment.
Can work well with anything - even a stereo buss. Very transparent, adds no color to the mix. Just clean compression.
The only thing that can be annoying is that the attack and release times can go very fast. This can distort bass. But it's not really a flaw as much as something you have to watch out for.
Much better than reviews said. Great product
The compressor works as told. Don't like the unbalanced line in, and out. Sales person could have mentioned this as a way to get an add on sale ie... balanced to unbalanced cable. Most home recording studios use only balanced inputs and outputs, contrary to FMR's reasoning that most home studios use unbalanced.
FMR has wonderfully knowledgeable staff and great prices on good gear. Plus, they a superb artist in the shipping department!
Excellent service & product.
I am still playing with the RNC - I am new at this. The other reviews here and on other sites say it all about just what great value for money this compressor really is. It out performs equipment at 4 to 5 times the price. I also want to say that this is my first order through FEA and I am very impressed. Easy to place the order, ridiculously fast shipping and an all round good experience. I will definately use again!!
It has a very clean signal path. I own more than 20 channels of compressors and I can say that this one works very well. I like to use it to limit vocals, as a complement to the Avalon 737. Because Avalon, with a 2:1 ratio, can give a nice glue to every nuance of a vocal, but it will not limit the transients with 2:1 ratio. and here is where RNC shines - it can be so transparent that you can really squash it without lots of VCA distortion (I set a slower release or with the Super Nice mode) And the secret is to insert first the RNC, and than the 737. I never liked very much the compressor of my 737s but all changed when I realised that in a OTB mix it will compress much better if you have a limiter (as the RNC can be) before the 737. I used to limit with a DBX 166, but RNC is much better here. Also, the RNC compressor works very well to stereo busses - with Supernice mode for mastering, vocal groups or cords and in regular mode to the drum bus.
this compressor is super clean and transparent. You will not like it if you're looking for a heavy color like an 1176 or something like that that imparts a tonality in addition to the dynamic controlling action. If you want uncolored dynamic control I can't think of a better tool than this or perhaps a good VST.
This is the first hardware compressor I have ever bought, so I am not an expert. But I am very satisfied with what this compressor does with vocals and acoustic guitar so far.