I was recently provided with a Chepman Audio transistor compressor, model 2254BD.
I decided to test the device at a vocal recording session in a bundle of AKG C12 - Neve 1272 - Chepman 2254BD on male and female vocals, recorded with different settings, with almost any compression, the finished, assembled vocals "Ready to mix" sounded at the output.
The compressor works very delicately. The Chepman 2254BD is ideal for mastering or Bus compression, and we all know that the task is to glue the signal without destroying the transients.
On vocals, he coped on "5+"! As a result, the vocals fit perfectly into the mix, the famous character of the Neve instruments is heard: density, juiciness and liveliness of the timbre in imperceptible proportions.
I would compare the nature of the work with another wonderful device SSL BUS COMPRESSOR, but still the character is slightly different In my opinion, SSL at steeper values is "audible" in contrast to 2254.
About mastering. Recently, I have been using a plug-in from the UAD package on the master bus - SHADOW HILLS MASTERING COMPRESSOR - the coolest thing, I've heard how the iron brother works and it's miracles! UAD is very close to a digital copy, and I definitely like its algorithms.
Here I decided to test the Chepman 2254BD on the master. I took my new dance track, the task is to disperse it loudly - 6.8 RMS, while maintaining a stereo image, maintaining transparency and punch. On Chepman 2254BD, I set the Ratio 3:1, the attack mode A1 and lowered the Treshhold so that the trigger threshold was at - 6db. And I made the same settings on UAD SHADOW HILLS, of course, it's inappropriate to compare them, these are two different devices with different algorithms, but still it was interesting who would do better?! I'll attach the tests later, but my feelings are in favor of Chepman 2254BD! A more open sound, a more natural sound, slightly better preserved transients (which is important in mastering in principle), a denser mix!
My conclusion is that excellent results can be achieved on different equipment. I compress the vocals when recording through 1176, this is also a studio classic like 2254, like LA2A. I think these devices are irreplaceable. Everyone collects their own kitchen and tools, but I want to be an asset of Chepman 2254BD studio!
On loud male vocals, I still got a cleaner, neutral picture, compared to 1176, which is hot with its color, so different instruments are needed to choose!