Altec Lansing 438 A

438 A, Studio compressor from Altec Lansing.

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ericthegreat 01/02/2012

Altec Lansing 438 A: Produktbewertung von ericthegreat (content in English)

"great sound and its affordable"

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The Altec Lansing 438 A is a really nice compressor and is a single channel analog compressor. It has 1/4 inch inputs and outputs in the back and also a 1/4 inch output for a sidechain. It is not rackable, but have seen people putting two of these in a single rack unit.


This compressor is really easy to use, and if you have any experience using a compressor you will be able to figure out how to use this. It has the basic compressor parameters - threshold, ratio, attack, release and gain. It also has a bypass switch, which always comes in handy, and super nice button. The manual for this put together well, but it is easy enough to use that I never really needed it.


The sound quality of this unit is by far its best quality, as the compression signal is clean and adds fullness to your sound. I have used this on everything from lead vocals to guitars to drums. I have found it works great in all types of situations and have used it both for tracking and mixing with good results. This will go beyond effectively compressing your signal, as it has its own sound to it.


The Lansing 438 A has built a reputation for itself as the best deal in pro audio because of the high sound quality and because it is about as cheap as you can get when buying a compressor of ANY quality! It is easy to get a good tone from this and the gain reduction metering is convenient and helpful. I love this compressor because of its high sound quality and because I can afford it! To me, this definitely holds up as not only being one of the best deals for a compressor but as being one of the best deals in all of pro audio!