Chain Question.. Newb Here

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Member Since: Jun 02, 2007

Ok so im setting up a Low Priced home studio This was my former Chain
MXL 990 > XENYX 802 > PC
Now I bought a Compressor today.. A Behringer Behringer MDX2600 COMPOSER PRO-XL - Two Channel Compressor/Limiter with Gating, De-Essing and Tube Emulation.

I have a setup question

How Do i Get this all working coinsidingly
I was thinking, MXL>XENYX802>Compresser>Laptop

Will this work.. Lol i dont even have a clue as to what plugs to use
Well, To connect the Pre>Compresser..
Compresser Has an Inpuut, but then 2 1/4'' TS sidechains.. If i knew what that was lol..
Sorry for my newbness im just starting out at this
The chords i have is.
XLR-XLR (Mic to Pre) A Two headed 1/4''-Minijack Adapter From the Compresser to Laptop.. and a 2 Headed-2 Headed 1/4'' Cable.. Which obviously has to connect the Pre to the compresser..
These are the Input/Outsput Specs for the compresser

2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TRS phone ( 1 Left side of Compresser, 1 on the complete other )
2 prs. of 1/4" TS Sidechains ( 1 Pr on one side, on the the complete other )
2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TRS phone
2 prs. of 1/4" TS Sidechain
^ Same as above....

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Since: Jun 02, 2007

Jun 02, 2007 11:01 pm

That's the correct signal flow. Does that mixer have insert points? I don't think it does, I'm not familiar with the new Behringer stuff. I'm not sure about all the "two headed" cables... But it sounds like you got the right ones. And your "sidechain" question... A sidechain or key input is an auxiliary input that can trigger the noise gate to open or close from a remote source, regardless of threshold setting. An example, would be you run a 50hz tone preferably a sine wave from say an oscillator through the compressor/gate. the output would go to a channel on your mixer or DAW. Then you would take a send from say your kick drum and put that into the key input or sidechain. The gate is closed (it's not passing the 50hz tone) until it "hears" the kick drum signal and it triggers the gate to open, now your 50hz tone is passed through the gate, set your release time to maybe a sceond ot two and blend that tone in with the original kick drum track. Voila, you get that old school hiphop boomin' kick drum sound. Haha, just a little trick. It also works well with pink noise and a snare drum triggering the noise. I'm sure that was confusing, but once you do it you'll understand it. Good luck.

Since: Jun 02, 2007

Jun 02, 2007 11:38 pm

Thank you for the quick reply as it is very far as the Behringer mixer/Pre
here is a detailed picture of it..
Under the 2 Mic (XLR) inputs there are two 1/4 inch inputs, and adjacently to the right it has a Line in 3/4 and a line in 5/6 I just wanna know exactly how to plug it in.. the cable i am using..
^^ Same type of cable.. Different Brand..
Thank you, more help appreciated

Since: Jun 02, 2007

Jun 02, 2007 11:54 pm

Yeah, no inserts on there. Correct me if I'm wrong, you're going into the 1/8th input jack on the laptop? I figured that's what the adapter was for. So you're only recording one track, so What I would do it run the mic into the mixer, out of the left side of the main mix output into one channel on your compressor, from your compressor into the line in jack on the lap top. Don't go into the microphone jack on the laptop because your signal is gonna be way too hot for that. Good luck.

Since: Jun 02, 2007

Jun 02, 2007 11:59 pm

Thanks alot! Will Do, But wont this record my track in mono?.. and Another dumb question.. i plug into line in but how do i get it to record from line in
..and will Direct monitoring be out of the question? ?I achieve this now by turning the mic playback in windows mixer up a lil and i can hear myself perfectly

Since: Jun 02, 2007

Jun 03, 2007 12:29 am

Your recording a mono source. One microphone through one channel, etc. You should invest into a small interface. Like the Presonus Firebox or something, dB said there were some good deals on here, so check out the sponsers. I take it you have a multitracking program like Cubase or Sonar or whatever so you have to go to your preferences or your input and output setup, then select the line in jack and the output goes to your headphone jack. That's about it. An interface is the way to go though, makes everything alot easier and it's gonna be a better way of getting signal into your computer (as opposed to that mini jack).

Since: Jun 02, 2007

Jun 03, 2007 12:51 am

Yes I understand . I am looking at Interfaces as i have an old ugly Soundcard lol.
But thank you very much I do Apreciate it
I can make it Sterio Anyhow..
Thank you Cool Edit Pro.
Yes.. CEP, Cause i got it free and i understand it lol. Thankyou AK very much for helping me out!
Do you have an AIM screename?

Since: Jun 02, 2007

Jun 03, 2007 01:00 am

Hey man, they all record audio, just some have more bells and whistles. My first program was an old cakewalk program, but it led me onto bigger better things. With interfaces like that Presonus, they come with Cubase LE which is a great program with a lot of great features. I sent you an email with my screen name.

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