Originally Posted by kirkm24
I was talking to my sound guy at church last week and he indicated that our board doesn't have good compression built into it (it's an all digital Yamaha board) and that they didn't have any external compression. As a result, my bass signal has no compression at all. I was wondering if it would cause problems for him or the FOH mix if I ran a compressor in front of my DI box. I play direct and use In-Ears through an Aviom system with no on-stage amp. I was wondering if this would cause a problem to send a compressed signal to the board ahead of the mix. What is your opinion on this? I've seen high praise for the Aguilar TLC compressor and have been giving that unit serious consideration but I don't want to buy it if it wouldn't be worthwhile.
I guess what we need to know is what you're trying to achieve? if you want good peak limiting to eliminate spikes, I will view that as almost essential depending on your playing style..
the main thing you want to be careful of is not having 'almost good' settings..
if your threshold is set too low with a high ratio, making your signal constantly dip, will definitely ruin the front of house sound; you have to figure out how the peaks in your technique actually work very carefully
if what you are using is a compressor to sort of smooth things out, the main thing to keep in mind is that you should notice when it's off rather than when its on; subtle/light dynamic compression, (as opposed to always-threshold-crossing fattening compression) can definitely make you sound worse if you fight too hard to make the effect audible.. not to mention that subtle compression can really ruin your presence if you overdo it