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Member Since: Jun 02, 2007

Ok, I have my Compresser all hooked up .. The Chain is as follows
MXL990 - Behringer Xenyx 802 Mixer/Pre - Behringer MDX2600 Composer Pro-XL Compressor - Mic in jack on my laptop..

I tried to play around with it but after turning a few knobs to there extremes not not hearing a shred of difference i have come to realize that this is not working ... I have even unplugged the MDX and compared it to vocals recorded on just the Xenyx.

Why is this compresser not working?, I see the monitor go up and down when i talk, but there is no and i mean ABSOLUTELY NO Difference at all...
Im really bumbed out right now . Any Help?
A friend on here already suggested to me using the line in jack as opposed to the mic in because of a voltage thing.. but i tried using the line in and i have no sound at all.. i selected the line in as what i record from in sound options, playback and recording..
I am using CEP to record on.
ANY HELP?? Will a USB interface do the trick?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jun 04, 2007 07:26 am

Is the compressor hooked up via an aux loop or straight between mixer and computer?

And yes, use the line in...not mic in...
Since: Aug 13, 2006

Jun 04, 2007 09:49 am

I have the same Compressor and have the same problem. Meters going nuts, but no audible difference at all.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jun 04, 2007 09:58 am

I'd say you are not setting the ratio of wet/dry signals or something like that...

Since: Jun 02, 2007

Jun 04, 2007 10:36 am

Are you seeing gain reduction? or just the input/output level. Remember, theshold + ratio = gain reduction. Make the sure the "in/out" button is set to "in". When it is set to "out" it's bypassed.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jun 04, 2007 10:01 pm

But most importantly of all you need to remember. A compressor is the type of processor that is best working when it isn't noticed very much at all. It is a very non effect type unit. Meaning it only works when it needs to. Compression is a very subtle process, it should only take minor bits of compression unless you are looking for a smacking type effect on bass, snare or kick drum. Or a pumping vocal type effect. Otherwise it is best used at settings that only enhance or level out a vocal or instrument that has a lot of loud and soft parts that you don't want.

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