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controlling dynamic range

Discussion in 'Recording' started by skillz, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. skillz

    skillz Guest

    What kind of processor is used to attenuate the volume of a mic or channel? I have a Podium mic that i need to keep at a certain db so that you can hear sometimes and so he doesn't blow your ears drums at others.
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    The device you need is called a compressor. When the volume of your signal goes above a level that you choose, it turns it down.
  3. skillz

    skillz Guest

    Does the threshhold setting allow you to increase the level at low db's or does a compressor allow you to do that?
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Compressors only decrease level; however, the soft parts can be made to be roughly the same loudness as the loud parts. Then, the compressed signal can be turned up - this is called makeup gain.
  5. skillz

    skillz Guest

    thanks French!
  6. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I have found a relatively inexpensive compressor that works very well on podium mics (church, schools).It is the dbx 286a mic processor. It keeps the dynamics of "amateur" speakers in check. You can find them on e-bay for around $100.00 and they are a lot better than your typical fare from ART, Behringer, Samson, etc. Check one out.

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