I need assistance with my C-com Samson Compressor.

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by realestninja, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. realestninja

    realestninja Guest

    Engineers told me there was a way to avoiding clipping, no matter how loud I speak on the microphone. But the case was not true. I purchased this compressor, and even when I talk loud, it goes past the 0db, how can I make it function correctly?

    I'm running Nuendo.

    Here is a picture of exactly what my compressor looks like.

    Probably more info than you want, but not necessarily more than you need :shock:
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  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Probably more info than you want, but not necessarily more than you need :shock:
    and the manual
    Probably more info than you want, but not necessarily more than you need :shock:

    page 8 of the manual does give you a good start

    use the output to trim the level going into the Nuendo Interface
    but be aware that this thing looks like it has a lot of level ability

    from page 16
    Max Output Level +28dBu, balanced and unbalanced

    you may find things a little easier with a pad on the output
    ... just bring the output pot down until you can do a take with going past 0dBFS on Nuendo.[/quote]
  3. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    What you want be achieved with what you have.

    Understand what all your gear does, what those knobs do, what's inside those wires. And you will be able to distort or not distorrt. Distort here, but not there, clip here, hiss there.

    Page 8 bruv. If you dont understand it, ask someone.

    Off the top of my head i'd say clip protection starting point is a very high ratio, the lowest attack setting, a high threshold setting, and a low release. Then wiggle the output and thresholds until its very hard for you to clip at your recorder and gain reduction only occurs when you go really loud.

    If its nice vocal compression and some clip protection you want, page 8.

    have fun!
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    OK here is the first problem.
    The microphone preamplifiers gain setting, has to be properly set, before you start screwing around with any compressor/limiter. The microphone preamplifier will clip if driven too hard to begin with. No compressor/limiter can correct for an overblown microphone preamp.

    So the first thing you want to do is, bypass the compressor limiter (unplug it). Then start yelling/singing/talking loudly into your microphone. Your volume mixing fader should be at its nominal gain point or, approximately 2/3rds of the way up. The same for your output bus. Now is the time to adjust the microphone preamplifiers gain setting to get proper but not over load meter observations. You want to make certain that when you are loud, you are not pegging the meters to begin with! This method of setting will assure proper gain setting parameters.

    After setting the above settings, you are now ready to attach your compressor/limiter into your "insert" on your mixer, where your microphone channel is.

    For heavy and tight limiting select a ratio of approximately 20: 1 or 10: 1. Now repeat the procedure you used to set the gain of the microphone preamplifiers. Begin talking/singing/yelling loudly into your microphone and begin adjusting the input/threshold control on your compressor/limiter. Now observe the amount of gain reduction you are observing on the limiters meter. Depending on just how squashed you want your sound to be, adjust for a little or a lot of deflection. Adjust the output gain makeup control so that you see proper level on your mixers meters. Your problem should be solved! Quiet parts will now be quite loud and loud parts should not exceed levels to the point of clipping.

    If things still are not working correctly..... You have no idea what you're doing.

    Remy gimme' that limiter! Ann David

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