MTU.Community

MTU.Community (http://forum.mtu.com/index.php)
-   Singers & Hosts Wisdom (http://forum.mtu.com/forumdisplay.php?f=68)
-   -   how many of you use compressers ? (http://forum.mtu.com/showthread.php?t=11183)

CerealKiller January 9th, 2009 03:09 AM

how many of you use compressers ?
 
Just want to know opions on compressers.

Lonman January 9th, 2009 04:50 AM

Wouldn't run vocals without one! Also have one with a very slight compression ratio & brick wall limiter on my main output for added dynamics & speaker protection as well.

madjim- with the Lord January 9th, 2009 01:02 PM

The Yamaha amp/mixer I use has compresion buit in to four of the channels. I use these channels with light compresion for my microphones.

I use no comprestion on the music channel. :w

The amp/mixer has a buit in limiter on the main and monitor outputs to prevent speaker damager. It also has and overall enhance/compresor which I leave off.

Jim :g

mindonstrike January 9th, 2009 08:19 PM

My first day as a KJ I had some screamers that kept causing the amps limiter to kick in causing the amp to shut down for a couple of seconds and creating some embarassing audio drops.
I bought a compressor/limiter the very next day and haven't had any similiar problems in 9 years.

Ya' live and learn.

Sam

CerealKiller January 9th, 2009 08:36 PM

what does a compresser do exactly?

bryant January 10th, 2009 02:27 AM

I don't, but prolly will now. Lonnie, what do you suggest.

Lonman January 10th, 2009 05:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CerealKiller (Post 88166)
what does a compresser do exactly?

It helps to keep your volume levels in check - say you have a singer that is singing along & then really belts out a passage, the compressor will automattically bring that volume down to a predetermined setting making the vocal sound like the same level all throughout the entire song. Have you ever had a singer that was rolling along then just belted out - making his vocal VERY HIGH over the music - even to the point of distorting the speaker, a compressor will help this!

billyo January 10th, 2009 09:22 AM

i still have 2 of them, a dbx 266, dual channel compressor/gate and a Lexicon mpx10 dual channel processor ( gathering dust in my garage ), i used to use them when i used to have my pa system ( sold all of them ) since i went digital and all my gears now are active (mackie speakers srm 450 and sr1521z (bought it 15 days ago ) never really tried to use it again, wonder if it will make any diff. if i use it again..

muzicman144 January 10th, 2009 01:00 PM

How Many use a compressor
 
Like Lonman, i would never consider running vocals without a compressor. It also "fattens" up the vocals.
muzicman:c:c:c

bryant January 10th, 2009 04:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonman (Post 88171)
It helps to keep your volume levels in check - say you have a singer that is singing along & then really belts out a passage, the compressor will automattically bring that volume down to a predetermined setting making the vocal sound like the same level all throughout the entire song. Have you ever had a singer that was rolling along then just belted out - making his vocal VERY HIGH over the music - even to the point of distorting the speaker, a compressor will help this!

What do you use, and/or recommend Lon?

Lonman January 10th, 2009 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bryant (Post 88184)
What do you use, and/or recommend Lon?

I use a dbx 166 on the system overall output, a dbx 266XL on two backup mics, 2 Symetrix 501 for 2 main mics - however these are no longer made, the closest equivalent would be the dbx 160A. These are single channel compressors, probably not feasable for most. I would recommend a dbx 166XL simply because it's a nice compressor for the price plus has a limiter built in - good for those screamers. The 266XL is also a nice unit without the limiter built in.
Now another really good unit is the dbx 1046 - it's is a 4 channel compressor with limiter in a one space rack.

bryant January 11th, 2009 03:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonman (Post 88190)
I use a dbx 166 on the system overall output, a dbx 266XL on two backup mics, 2 Symetrix 501 for 2 main mics - however these are no longer made, the closest equivalent would be the dbx 160A. These are single channel compressors, probably not feasable for most. I would recommend a dbx 166XL simply because it's a nice compressor for the price plus has a limiter built in - good for those screamers. The 266XL is also a nice unit without the limiter built in.
Now another really good unit is the dbx 1046 - it's is a 4 channel compressor with limiter in a one space rack.

Thx Lon.
Bryant

CerealKiller January 12th, 2009 06:09 PM

Ok this is where I get confused "limiter" "compresser" a limiter sounds like one that would keep the screamers from overdriving my amp, right now I keep my fingers on the sliders. A compresser sounds like it would squeeze the vocals into certian frequencys, my mixer has a shape knob to control the freqs. I've been to many shows where compressers were used and it never sounded like my voice was comming thru in its true nature, do you think they just didn't know how to run things or was the compressor pulling back parts of my voice?

Lonman January 12th, 2009 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CerealKiller (Post 88230)
Ok this is where I get confused "limiter" "compresser" a limiter sounds like one that would keep the screamers from overdriving my amp, right now I keep my fingers on the sliders. A compresser sounds like it would squeeze the vocals into certian frequencys, my mixer has a shape knob to control the freqs. I've been to many shows where compressers were used and it never sounded like my voice was comming thru in its true nature, do you think they just didn't know how to run things or was the compressor pulling back parts of my voice?

A limiter will stop the signal from getting over a certain level. Great for speaker protection.
A compressor will help level out those signals that go from soft to loud to soft to loud - where you can actually turn the fader up a little more to bring out the soft, but when they get loud, it will react like turning the fader down - without needing to ride the fader all the time. You can be out walking around & the compressor will do it's thing.
What's a 'shape' knob?
I don't think those shows that you heard your voice had anything to do with the compressor, more sounds like they had the effects set wrong. But if it was due to the compressor they obviously had the unit set much to hard for vocals.

CerealKiller January 12th, 2009 08:32 PM

the shape knob boost and cuts frequencies. Seems redundant at first cause of the high mid low knobs but it does make a diffrence, Mackie CFX12 MKII. Kinda wish I had the VLZ, cause though Preamps sound bad if turned up more than halfway

bryant January 12th, 2009 09:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonman (Post 88190)
I use a dbx 166 on the system overall output, a dbx 266XL on two backup mics, 2 Symetrix 501 for 2 main mics - however these are no longer made, the closest equivalent would be the dbx 160A. These are single channel compressors, probably not feasable for most. I would recommend a dbx 166XL simply because it's a nice compressor for the price plus has a limiter built in - good for those screamers. The 266XL is also a nice unit without the limiter built in.
Now another really good unit is the dbx 1046 - it's is a 4 channel compressor with limiter in a one space rack.

If I get this dbx166xl you recommend, do I hook it up between the wireless mic receiver (4 mics controlled here) and mixer, the mixer and amp(which you may remember I have bass and highs), or between amps and speakers(wouldn't think it would be there, though)?

Lonman January 13th, 2009 04:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bryant (Post 88238)
If I get this dbx166xl you recommend, do I hook it up between the wireless mic receiver (4 mics controlled here) and mixer, the mixer and amp(which you may remember I have bass and highs), or between amps and speakers(wouldn't think it would be there, though)?

Well you'll only be able to use 2 mics with that one - unless your receiver picks up all 4 mics on 1 channel? If your mixer has 'insert' jacks then I would connect it up through those on the 2 main mic channels otherwise between the mic & mixer - not as effective but will work.

billyo January 13th, 2009 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bryant (Post 88238)
If I get this dbx166xl you recommend, do I hook it up between the wireless mic receiver (4 mics controlled here) and mixer, the mixer and amp(which you may remember I have bass and highs), or between amps and speakers(wouldn't think it would be there, though)?


the way i had mine set up was..board to compressor, compressor to amp..( whatever amp that is plugged into your board )

Lonman January 13th, 2009 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by billyo (Post 88273)
the way i had mine set up was..board to compressor, compressor to amp..( whatever amp that is plugged into your board )

Only drawback to that is if you really just want to compress like a loud vocal, it will do that but it will also bring the music down at the same time keeping the vocal still much louder than the music. When you compress just the vocals, it will leave the music in tact and just control the mics - keeping the loud vocals in check with the music at the same time.

billyo January 13th, 2009 07:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonman (Post 88274)
Only drawback to that is if you really just want to compress like a loud vocal, it will do that but it will also bring the music down at the same time keeping the vocal still much louder than the music. When you compress just the vocals, it will leave the music in tact and just control the mics - keeping the loud vocals in check with the music at the same time.

thats true, i havent used my dbx266 &/Lexicon mpx 110 in years, ( 6-7 years )since i stopped doing big venues, maybe i'll start using them..


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:45 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2009 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
The contents of this forum are copyrighted by Micro Technology Unlimited, 2000-2008. Use of any material from these Forums is prohibited without written agreement from MTU.