Preamps and compression

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by ad0lescnts, Apr 30, 2002.

  1. ad0lescnts

    ad0lescnts Guest

    what are your guys' thoughts... preamp before compression, or compression before preamp??? thanks

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Mostly one would use a Pre-amp to preamplify a low level signal up to a standard or high level.

    This signal could then be fed into line level devices which may include a Compressor.

    If the compressor is a Foot Pedal (stomp box) compression for guitar then you would use it before the pre-amp.

    I supose if you were to use the pre-amp as a distortion you might feed the compressor into the pre-amp.

    If it sounds good ... do it. :w:
  3. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Doesn't the Manley VoxBox put compression before the preamp, or at least some of the preamp gain? The only exception to the rule I'm aware of.

  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I don't know the Manley in detail so I shouldn't comment.

    Take a different box the LA2a.
    It has so much level available in it at both the input and the make-up that it could almost be viewed as a pre-amp.

    It is not a pre-amp though and in most cases the input is heavily attenuated then in hits the opto and then through the make-up. As I said the make-up has so much gain it could look like a pre-amp.

    If it sounds good .. do it!
  5. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Most compressors won't get enough gain from a mic level signal to work effectively. Usually you will need a preamp first to get the signal to line level. It is true that the VoxBox lets you put the compressor first in the chain, but I don't own one, and I'm not sure how they make that work.
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    The pre-amp is probably first up and then you can chose what is next, like comp or EQ .. as I said I don't have a Manley so I haven't flipped the lid to find out.

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