Review: Presonus ACP 88
Positives:8 channels of compression in a SHALLOW 2u box
Negatives:Awful customer service. Lots of fan noise
8 channels of decent compression in a 2u shallow chassis. Awesome. The unit has some great feature for its small size and actually sounds quite good even though its ultra compact. Each channel consists of a fully adjustable compressor section as well as a gate section. Channels to the right of each channel (except channel 8 obviously) can be linked to the channel immediately to its left to make a linked stereo compressor/gate. Great feature! There is a knee setting to set the attach characteristic of the compressor which is nice to have and is very noticeable on fast or hard sources (snare drum/kick drum). There is also an oddball switch for the attack knob in an “auto” switch. Ive seen compressors with auto RELEASE, but not so much with an auto attack. Going to have to leave that decision alone, as to me, it makes NO sense except for maybe someone that doesn’t know how to set up a compressor. Standard threshold, ratio, attack and release settings each on a detented pot so recall is almost a possibility if you’re using this in the studio. A bypass switch…. duh… And a nice gate which has attack, release and threshold settings and can be engaged to -60db, essentially slamming the door closed on this thing. Great features, great sound, what could be wrong. Well, for starters, there is a fan in this thing to keep that little packed to the gills chassis cool. The knobs and controls are miniscule (which yeah, there are 8 channels in one 2u unit… my 1176 is 2u and ONE channel, 3u for a LA2A) so if you have big thick fingers, you might get frustrated with operating it. Lastly, customer service. Nothing to me says repeat business like customer service. At first, presonus seemed really cool, taking their customers concerns to heart and really doing it right. After they decided to start making cheaper, more consumer grade stuff, customer service seemed to take a back seat to profitability. HORRIBLE customer service. I emailed them over a dozen times with a service request, never to get a response. I finally just brought the unit to a local repair shop to service it. So, that being said, the ACP88 was the last of a few Presonus pieces I own.