Behringer Composer Pro MDX2200
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Behringer Composer Pro MDX2200

Composer Pro MDX2200, Studio compressor from Behringer in the MDX series.

MGR/Kevin Alan Mattson 10/12/2003

Behringer Composer Pro MDX2200 : MGR/Kevin Alan Mattson's user review

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Mars Music (out of business now) Currently $75 at Musiciansfriend.com.

Audio Geeks relax! Of course it's just a Behringer. But for $75 it's simply amazing what you can get these days.

I record acoustic instruments and vocals in my home studio. One main problem for self-recording is focusing on good playing and singing without clipping the signal. (Staring at the meters while you're performing just kills the emotion in the music!) The MDX 2200 is two-channel, inexpensive compressor/limiter that meets the challenge nicely.

It is relatively easy to use, if you understand the basics of using an audio compressor. It's another LONG article to explain their use, but essentially, their purpose is to keep sounds from be being too loud or too soft. Used properly they canb add desirable sustain to instruments and more pleasing dynamics to a recording.

I've used Alesis and DBX products with the same features, and the DBX is aurally better, but costs double and more. If you're on a budget, don't let the Audio Geeks scare you. This unit really does the trick nicely without discoloring your music, IF you learn how to use it.

The price point is for beginners, but the manual is not. Behringer should include a primer for first-timers. Inputs and outputs are laid out a bit awkwardly. It would be easy to put the wrong plug in the wrong jack. Read Carefully!

So far, it works great and seems built well. Built in power supply (no wall wart) with a typical computer-style power cord. Rackmount case.

Excellent beginner unit. Great for experimenting and learning about Compressor/Limiter/Noise Gate effects. And, by the way, I've used the MDX 2200 on several home CDs that have sold more than enough to pay for all my recording gear (and instruments) and no customer has noticed or whined about my "cheap compression."

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