Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Brock, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Brock

    Brock Guest

    I"m getting ready to buy a compressor and what I want to know is which order would you go, comp, pre-amp, recorder or pre-amp, comp, recorder???
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    The pre amp always goes first ...

    You have to get the mic level up to line level before you can do anything with it.
  3. Brock

    Brock Guest

    Thanks Kurt
  4. Arrowfan

    Arrowfan Guest

    If you have an extra tube preamp channel definately experiment with this config:

    mic - preamp - compressor - tube preamp - rec

    Tube preamps have a fantastic tone quality when the input signal is hot but just under distortion.

    The 1st preamp will bring the signal up to level for the comp and the comp will shape the amplitude to more narrow range (attenuating highs allowing you to increase overall gain).

    You can then use the comp's output gain to deliver the signal in that range that makes the tube preamp work it's spell. Use the tube preamps output level to match your record input.

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