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Author Topic: 4 Channels of compression? How to use?  (Read 1250 times)

Brian Wilson

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4 Channels of compression? How to use?
« on: March 21, 2006, 06:44:38 pm »

Hi folks-
We have a medium sized worship band, consisting of acoustic guitar (occasionally electric)  acoustic drums (submixed to 2 channels-kick, overheads), bass, keys, alternating sax and mandolin or second acoustic gtr.

We have 4 channels of DBX compressors and I wanted some input to if we are using them correctly.

Current channels being compressed: lead acoustic, lead vocal, bass and drum kick.

The standard dbx settings, with minor tweaking, are being used.

How are we doing?? Would you do differently?


Brian
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Re: 4 Channels of compression? How to use?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006, 07:28:37 pm »

The channels that you are using compression on aren't bad choices, although I wouldn't compress the acoustic guitar at my church, that depends largely on playing style.  There is little point in using a compressor with the factory settings.  DBX put together a decent whitepaper about basic compressor use, it tells you the basics:

ftp://ftp.dbxpro.com/pub/PDFs/WhitePapers/Compression%20101. pdf
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Re: 4 Channels of compression? How to use?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2006, 11:08:55 am »

Brian,
What does your entire input list look like?

If I had 4ch of comps....  I'd get the lead vox, BG vox--maybe on a sub group if you have a Prase team, Bass, preacher's lav.  I may swap bass for kick depending on the bass player's rig--if he's already squashing it...then there's no need for me to do it, too.

BTW what are we talking about here a 1046, or a pair of 166s, 266s, or 1066s?

Kevin
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Re: 4 Channels of compression? How to use?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006, 11:21:04 am »

Hi guys-
Thanks so far-

We have 2 266's and are using them separately, not linked.

What I meant by the factory setting sis that we are following the directions on the whitepaper, with a few tweaks for our own room.

I lead from the acoustic guitar, and to get it to sit well in the mix, the compression does help even it out.

I hadn't thought of the BGV's needing compression, although they are excellent singers with good control, I may try that!!

Our usual input list:
Lead vox
2 BGV's (or 3 sometimes)
Lead acoustic gtr
bass- compressed out of the amp-direct line
keyboard-stereo
mandolin/sax (alternating weeks)
kick
drum submix


any more ideas would be great!

Brian
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