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FMR Audio RNC1773 Really Nice Compressor

The RNC1773 Really Nice Compressor is a compact, affordable stereo compressor with a high-fidelity audio path and compression scheme.


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MSRP: Old Price $199.00 Discounted Price $185.00 Save : $14.00 (7%)
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MSRP: Old Price $199.00 Discounted Price $185.00 Save : $14.00 (7%)
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FMR Audio is headed by Mark and Beth McQuilken, a married couple who started out their careers as high-tech design consultants for companies like Motorola, RCA and Lockheed Martin among others. Their rise to fame in the professional audio world began in 1997 with the birth of their first commercially available product, the famous and revered RNC1773…better known as The Really Nice Compressor. Let's discuss...

The FMR RNC1773 is a high fidelity stereo compressor housed in a sturdy metal 1/3rd rack space enclosure. It also operates in mono (not dual mono). Employing a marriage of cleverly employed digital circuitry and top notch analog components, its sound is virtually “invisible” as it compresses your signal with minimal artifacts and delivers a clean tonal character.

There are 2 modes of operation in the RNC, normal and “SuperNice”. Think of the SuperNice mode as what you might achieve using multiple compression units chained together in series, each one subtly compressing the signal until you have complete control of the sound. Due to each unit doing it’s job in little increments, no one unit is over-worked so to speak resulting in smooth, undetectable, compressed audio, free of nasty compression artifacts and the sometimes dreaded “pumping” effect. You can’t hear the compression at work as it’s truly transparent, hence the “SuperNice” name. This mode does an amazing job of emulating those principals making the RNC an incredibly versatile compressor at any price.

The FMR RNC1773 has an 8-segment LED meter that gives you precise reading of the goings ons. The 5 rotary controls offer precision compression control (in normal mode) and the enclosure is made of quality aluminum and metal with resilient plastic knobs. The overall look of the FMR RNC1773 is decidedly “home-grown” but its actually built tough and sturdy right here (Texas, that is…) in the good old U.S. of A.!

So you’d think all this wonderment in a box would have you mortgaging the house and selling the kids, but the best news is the FMR RNC is priced well within reach to audio pros of all levels at under $200.00. Now contact us here at Sam Ash Music and order a bunch!

Things You Will Get:

  • Compressor
  • Power Supply

No frills; it does what it was built to do.


This is my first compressor. I did some research and found a general, broad consensus that this is the best bang for the buck. To beat this, you need to spend upwards of $500. How often do you see a general broad consensus on the internet? Now I don't know whether this beats everything else under $500, but what I can tell you is that this thing does exactly what it's supposed to do, and it certainly beats anything at its price. It has all the knobs a compressor needs: Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, and Gain. I'm told that these knobs apply their effects through software, so there's never going to be a problem with scratchy pots - that's a relief to me. There's a handy LED readout showing how much gain reduction is being applied, from 0 to 20dB. There's a bypass button so you can quickly test against a clean signal. There's a button called Super Nice which I'm told does some magic by running the signal through the compressor circuit 3 times. In practice, what I've found is that the gain reduction shown in the aforementioned readout is divided by three. I'm still training my ears how to discern the subtle effect of compression but it seems that Super Nice really is Super Nice. For me that translates to Super Subtle. There are two sets of Inputs and Outputs to support left and right stereo channels. They're 1/4" unbalanced connectors, which means they only register the tip and the sleeve (guitar cables). If you're putting a balanced signal like an XLR or Tip-Ring-Sleeve 1/4" (stereo headphone style) into the compressor you'll need to unbalance it first. I don't know whether that's any different from other compressors. Customer service is great too. When I took this out of the box, the prongs on the wall wart were missing. I called FMR Audio and the guy I talked to was going to send a replacement that day. Turns out the prongs were floating under a piece of packaging in the box, and fortunately I found them in time to cancel. Great experience overall.



RNC1773 Really Nice Compressor

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Model RNC1773
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RNC1773 Really Nice Compressor

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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