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MDX2200 settings?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by allan grossman, Aug 19, 2002.

  1. Just got one over the weekend. I'm interested in what settings other people have been successful with - I think I've got it pretty much dialed in but would like to hear others' opinions.

    My setup -

    Lakland 55-94

    Ampeg SVP-PRO
    the aforementioned MDX2200
    QSC RMX2450

    Eden D-210XLT
    Eden D-115XL

    thanks, guys.
  2. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Hi Allen! with my rig, GT-7 ---> MDX2200 -----> BDDI -----> Mackie1400 I just leave it on interactive. It seems to have a very subtle effect, which is what I want, good for everything except situations that need really heavy compression/limiting. I use a wide array of effects and really need a good middle ground. In fact, after the Alesis air fx thing I use a Tech21 Bass Compactor pedal so I won't have to play with the MDX2200 on stage. What have you dialed in so far?
  3. Behringer MDX 2200 Composer Pro+
    Live Performance Bass Settings.

    Daisy Chain both halves of the Stereo Compressor by patching channel one output into channel two input.
    Bass>Preamp>Channel 1 Input>Channel 1 Output>Channel 2 Input>Channel 2 Output>Amp

    Both Channels:
    Expander Gate (both pots set to "12 noon"): Threshold: -35, Ratio 2.5, Release: Slow
    Interactive: ON
    SC Filter: ON
    Auto: OFF
    I/O Meters set to: OUTPUT

    Channel 1:

    Threshold approx. -6.5 db, ("12:30")

    Ratio: 4:1

    Attack: 30 ms]

    Release: A little faster then ¼ second, i.e., 0.25. "9:30"

    Output: Boost +3db, ("2:00")

    Set Peak Limiter to where it barely flashes on your strongest open E slap.
    {suggestion @+12, "12:30"}

    O.K., these seem like reasonable compressor settings.
    The magic is in the second channel that maintains dynamics
    and raises the headroom thus making the amp louder.
    The trick is just "re-compressing" the peaks only.
    Therefore the noise floor does not go up and
    the remaining high energy peaks are tamed, not limited,
    for more headroom without over compressing the dynamic signal.

    Channel 2:

    Threshold: approx. +6.5 ("2:30")

    This Threshold setting allows Channel 1 to duck under this setting
    and therefore only the peaks are processed by Channel 2.

    Ratio: 4:1

    Attack: Fastest Setting (1 ms)

    Fast Attack times cause "click."
    This phenomenon is eliminated by the Attack setting on the Channel 1,
    and the Channel 2 Threshold also protects against click.
    A very fast Attack is necessary on Channel 2 in order to have the Peaks
    acted on a fast as possible, thus extending headroom.

    Release: A touch above 0.25 ms. ("10:30")

    Output: ("1:30")

    Peak Limiter: to taste...
    Or the slightest flash with the the hardest slap on open E
    {suggestion @ set at +16 db.}
  4. Hey, Blisshead -

    I used Donne's settings as a starting point (thanks!) and find that although the bottom end is fearsome I'd like a little more definition in the midrange. It sounds a little fuzzy and flat - but only enough that I can tell. I'm not sure anyone else could.

    This is my first real compressor so I'm kind of at a loss - but twirling the knobs and watching the lights is kinda cool :)

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