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i need advice on using compressors before and after my preamp

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by IvanMike, Nov 11, 2002.


  1. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    here's the deal
    i am putting together a rack system and would like to use some subtle compression before my di and preamp
    i would also like to have some kind of peakstop limiting after the preamp as i am using an alembic superfilter which can levitate the dog and dont want to hurt my speakers or the audience
    a big concern is transparency as i dont want the units to color my sound (too much)
    i am not hung up on rackmount so i will also consider boxes...........
    i was kinda thinking of using a two channel unit like a dbx 266xl or 166xl, having channel unit set up for mild compression before the preamp and the other receiving a signal from the preamp set to do some severe limiting if need be
    anyone have experience with this kind of setup?
    any brand preferences or dislikes?
    thanks
     
  2. Alway put a rack-mount compressor after the preamp.

    I've had the best results by using the 1/4" I/O's after the preamp.

    Use XLR I/O's between the DI Out and the Board.

    You can either have separate channels for each one, or what I do is:

    Use both channels together. Link Channel One's Output to Channel Two's Input. Both 1/4" and XLR's.

    Effects loop in the 1/4" jacks.
    DI through the XLR's.

    Set Channel One for light musical compression and sustain (2:1 to 4:1). Threshold at -6. Bump the output for a little extra boost.

    Set Channel Two for heavy limiting compression (6:1 to 10:1) to tame clipping with a threshold of 0 to +6. Bump the Output for a little more boost.
     
  3. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    thanks for the input.....
    one question
    how can i run the di and pre outs tru the compressors at the same time without causing a feedback loop or interference?
     
  4. Go ahead and just use one side for the DI and the other for the Pre > Amp.

    Then there's no worries.