Need eq recommendation for use with gate.

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  1. fibes

    fibes Active Member

    Oct 12, 2001
    new york
    I own a Presonus ACP-88 compressor which consists of eight compressor/gates. I use it exclusively for drums. I am having problems getting the gate to work well to eliminate mic bleed without the threshold set too high and decreasing the sensitivity of the drum, that is having to hit the drum extremely hard. The unit has key inserts on every channel and I would like to patch an eq into each channel so I can set a frequancy that will or will not trigger the gate. Can anyone recommend a quality eq unit? I'd like to keep the price down if possible but I need a good unit. Thanks.
  2. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    For the key inserts you don't need a good sounding EQ at all. The actual audio you hear will not be affected by the EQ. All the EQ needs to do is sufficiently cut out the frequencies you don't want triggering the gate, and boost the ones you do want to trigger the gate.
  3. sapplegate

    sapplegate Active Member

    Mar 5, 2001

    If you're electronically inclined at all, you could make your own 8-channel side-chain filter in a 1RU Mid-Atlantic box. Like Ang said, the audio quality doesn't have to be great. Make a state-variable filter, tap the mid-band for the output, put in a bypass switch and frequency and Q knob per channel and voila! You probably could do the whole thing for $100-150.

    Hmm, that sounds actually useful. Maybe I'll investigate it for myself...

    Or you could just buy two Behringer Multigate's which have side-chain filters built in for a total of about $400...

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