Mixer Help for the Basic Mixer Knowledge Deficient
Posted on Feb 02, 2005 10:18 am
Extreme Recording Novice
Member Since: Sep 08, 2003
I'm a recovering hard disk recorder and am trying to move over to computer based recording but it's been a slow learning curve. I recently added a compressor (Alesis 3630 I think) and a mixer (service.bfast.com/bfast/c...mp;bfmtype=gear ) to my setup and I'm having some trouble with some basic mixer concepts.
When I first got the compressor I was borrowing a friend's mixer (service.bfast.com/bfast/c...mp;bfmtype=gear ). I think I understood how to hook that up. I had my condensor mic going into input 1 and had a cable going from the fx send to the compressor and another cable back from the compressor into the aux return of the mixer. This seemed to work fine and I got the compression to come through.
The mixer I bought does not have an aux return input (perhaps I bought the wrong one?) so I'm a little confused on how to set it up. The manual said something about bringing the signal back into another one of the inputs but that doesn't seem to be working. Having it set up that way is just not giving me the compression results I had before. I have to have the volume way down on the mixer input I'm bringing it back into or else it makes this horrible clicking noise when I try to sing into the mic.
So anyway... sorry for the long post... looking for advice on how to set this mixer up the right way. Thanks!
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Feb 02, 2005 12:39 pm plug your mic into channel one, and set the red FX knob to unity (0db) and take the fx send to the input of the compressor, then take the output of the compressor and plug into channel 2.....you wanna seperate the two signals before goin' to your computer so pan channel 1 hard right and channel 2 hard left and record channel 2's signal in your computer.
jenkinstpExtreme Recording NoviceMember
Feb 02, 2005 01:06 pm Wow! That easy huh? Thanks for taking the time to explain that. What should the FX knob on the 2nd track be set to? Will there ever be a need to change the way that FX knob is set (for either channel)?
Since: Sep 08, 2003
Feb 02, 2005 03:16 pm keep the second effects know all the way down (off), otherwise you'd be creating a loop by sending the already compressed signal back into the compressor......as for changing the fx, i'd always keep it off, or at unity (0db), unless there was an extreme case where you wanted to send a lot of signal to the effects...say reverb or something. but never the compressor.
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