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total noob question about racks

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ahintofhopestudios, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. so i've long wondered this but never really asked:
    what exactly are some 'staple' items that would go in a rack?
    what are all the items in this picture, for example [i recognize a few obvious ones like compressors, pres, and interfaces but what else]?
  2. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    My budget rack.
    from mixer-> compressor(used like a limiter with LONG release) -> EQ -> LSM (Loud Speaker Management) or regular active crossover -> amps and FOH.

    What i would like to see in my effect rack.
    T.C. D-ONe and a T.C. D-TWO. Reverb and delay machine.
    cuple of DBX compressors and a few gates.

    Monitorrack: amps, EQs.

    Someone else can write a fat response :D
  3. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    With all of the digital mixers out today, racks are shrinking in size.
    Soon all that will be in a rack is a power conditioner... :wink:

    But seriously - often a rack will contain the above: a few comps, a few gates, a few mic pre's, one or two delays and 'verbs, some form of playback (CD / Dat / HD), and a few I/O devices.

    Oh, and a locking drawer - very important!
  4. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    Darn right, gotta hide the snacks somewhere!!!
  5. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Dang on PA's, always stealing the snacks!
  6. Now, when you say a few, you mean for the sake of having options, right?
  7. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Yes. I seldome use compression live. But if the acustic properties are optimal i compress the vocal. and can even give the hole drumset a little group-compression. But thats on really rare occations.

    The gates is maybe more important. They can save you alot of trouble. And you just need a reverb.

    CD-player are for pause music and all those bands who have made their own intro and stuff.

    The drawer is for... Snacks, headphones, beer, car keys, wallet, snacks.
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Well...since no one really answered the original question....

    here's what's in that rack:

    Space 1 - Furman power strip
    Space 2 - dbx 160x compressor
    3 - dbx 160x compressor
    4 - dbx 160xt compressor
    5 - Drawmer (either noise gate or compressor, can't tell)
    6 - Apogee BigBen master clock
    7 - Presonus Digimax LT - 8 channel preamp/converter
    8 - empty
    9 - looks like a wireless mic station - I could be wrong
    10 - Chandler (EMI) mic preamp (stereo)
    11/12 - UA 610 - Preamp and Comp/Limiter
    13/14 - Presonus ADL 600 tube preamp (stereo)
    15/16 - Avid HD192 - ProTools 192 kHz interface

    Cheers -

  9. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Here's an examply of a typical (simple playback / rehearsal) rack that I've built.

    http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee277/bentsound/Audio Stuff/RackPic2.jpg
  10. thanks a lot for all the help :)
    i didn't quite catch the purpose of having a CD player though, if you could clarify HansAm
  11. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Not much to say. I can mention these scenarios.

    1.Calibrating the FOH with a CD you know WELL!. So that you know when it sounds right or wrong.

    2. Play pause music.

    3. The band might have a intro on a CD.

    4. Things might fail and you want to play music while you fix it!!! So people cant hear your cursing.
  12. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member


    The 9th piece is a Samson Power Brite PB9 (nameplate is ripped off of the flourescent housing).
  13. thank you all very much for the help :)

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