What goes first in the signal chain EQ or Compression?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Zoro, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    I am sure that compression should be applied before EQ but I am not completely positive about it. This is my set up:

    Microphone to MH3 chanel, ACP-88 to insert and then series to an EQ station, the EQ staion is after the compressor.

    Can anyone help please?

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Both are valid - you get different effects from the two signal chain orders. A lot will depend on your source material, for example, the amount of sibillance. Try both configurations and see which you prefer.
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I'm not sure why this is in this forum - moving to pro audio gear.
  4. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    Cucco -

    I apologize I will post this some place else.

  5. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2006
    nobodie's gonna spank you... but the way iwas taught and it makes sense to me is EQ/tonal fx first... second compression/dynamics... third time based fx... flangers/doublers/reverb.....

    the basic premise is that some of what your gonna want to compress is tonal balance related so if it's not there in the first place (having been EQ'd out) you'll compress less... the same is true of ringing in your reverb forinstance...
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Like any other engineer, I can't get enough of either. So I will equalize and then compress and/or limit. Sometimes compress and then equalize to track. And on mix down I may very well add additional EQ and compression or maybe compression and EQ.

    Which is the right way?? Whichever way sounds right. Certainly don't do it the wrong way or it might be wrong and sound wrong?

    I don't like wrong recordings. I like right recordings. But I also like left recordings. in fact I like it best when my recordings are both right and left not to mention center and nothing left behind nor right behind.

    Sitting on my behind with little left or right
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  7. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    Thank you all for your responses,


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