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Josh Billings

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Limiter with REALLY long release / leveler? Drawmer?
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:39:20 pm »

So I work with DJs (I know, I know), and some of them really like red lights. I try my best to watch the sound the whole night, but it's tough. I'm considering purchasing a Drawmer SL22 or SP2120 to help tame the guys that want to ride that volume fader the whole night, but I'm wondering if you guys know of anything better or more affordable?

If the Drawmer is my best bet, anybody here a dealer and can get me a deal?
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Re: Limiter with REALLY long release / leveler? Drawmer?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 06:59:17 pm »

So I work with DJs (I know, I know), and some of them really like red lights. I try my best to watch the sound the whole night, but it's tough. I'm considering purchasing a Drawmer SL22 or SP2120 to help tame the guys that want to ride that volume fader the whole night, but I'm wondering if you guys know of anything better or more affordable?

If the Drawmer is my best bet, anybody here a dealer and can get me a deal?

Are you allowing them to feed straight into your PA? Or is there a mixer between them and your rig?

I find most digital consoles have a long enough release on the compressors to acheive what you want to do. I commonly do this for background music that might have as much as 20dB of difference in overall level.

I use a shorter attack, maybe 1 second of hold and 5-6 seconds of release time. Then dial in the threshold so it's about 10-15dB into compression for the louder stuff. When a softer song comes on the slow release gives you that volume back. Keeping the release time so slow means your dynamic music isn't affected. It's still punchy.
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Re: Limiter with REALLY long release / leveler? Drawmer?
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 07:10:12 pm »

Are you allowing them to feed straight into your PA? Or is there a mixer between them and your rig?

I find most digital consoles have a long enough release on the compressors to acheive what you want to do. I commonly do this for background music that might have as much as 20dB of difference in overall level.

I use a shorter attack, maybe 1 second of hold and 5-6 seconds of release time. Then dial in the threshold so it's about 10-15dB into compression for the louder stuff. When a softer song comes on the slow release gives you that volume back. Keeping the release time so slow means your dynamic music isn't affected. It's still punchy.

I was hoping for a MEGA release time of like 30 seconds-a minute. I don't want a quiet part of the song to trigger the release and 15 db of gain coming back up just so when it kicks back in it's super quiet.

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Re: Limiter with REALLY long release / leveler? Drawmer?
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 07:33:36 pm »

I was hoping for a MEGA release time of like 30 seconds-a minute. I don't want a quiet part of the song to trigger the release and 15 db of gain coming back up just so when it kicks back in it's super quiet.

Josh Billings

How about a small DSP like a Xilica QR?
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Re: Limiter with REALLY long release / leveler? Drawmer?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2019, 11:29:18 pm »

I used to have great luck with a pair of dBX 160As for Djs, placed  in-line feeding my desk.

Infinity:1 wont let them get any louder, and -1:1 will bring them down by 1db for every dB they exceed the threshold, which came in quite handy on several occasions.


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Re: Limiter with REALLY long release / leveler? Drawmer?
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2019, 02:25:45 am »

The SP2120 works great. I am a dealer. Happy to get you a quote if you want.
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Re: Limiter with REALLY long release / leveler? Drawmer?
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2019, 10:00:46 am »

So I work with DJs (I know, I know), and some of them really like red lights. I try my best to watch the sound the whole night, but it's tough. I'm considering purchasing a Drawmer SL22 or SP2120 to help tame the guys that want to ride that volume fader the whole night, but I'm wondering if you guys know of anything better or more affordable?

If the Drawmer is my best bet, anybody here a dealer and can get me a deal?

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