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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few mixers have built in compression on each channel. I am a total n00b when it comes to recording and live sound. Would this be of benefit?
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to put compression on tracks when I recorded as a kind of protection against clipping. Now I don't do that. Now I just turn the gain down when I'm recording at 24-bit, and I don't have to worry about clipping. Also, I pay more attention to how loud I sing and play when I'm recording, and that helps too.

I use compression when I'm mixing though.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So there are many mixers advertising 10+ channels but with only 4 XLR inputs. What kind of things would you use the stereo inputs for?
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

keyboards (instead of using the midi outputs)... most are now in stereo.

a CD/MP3 player

I too find this to be a bit "false" advertising. this seemed to start in the early 2000's. I bought a Peavey mixer- 18 channel.... 14 XLR/Line and 2 paired stereo. It was a great mixer and as we had a keyboardist with a couple of keyboards so this worked out OK... Keyboardists with multiple boards often have their own mixer. I know quite a few drummers who cart around their own mixer and drum mics so they have "control"... which in most venues we'd play (small to medium0 at most all we needed was the kick, so he'd usually just get turned damn near off on the board

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