Signal Processing Buying Guide

Compression – The Ins & Outs

 Reverb –when is enough?

 Understanding exciters

 When should I use a gate?

 

Signal processing offers you to create your own signature sound or music. This article will help you to include necessary information that can help you to make your decision. Still, there are so many aspects involved with buy signal processing, so, if you need more details feel free to contact us.

 

Compression – The Ins & Outs

 

Now a day, Compression is one of the most powerful and robust tools for recording. Apart from its main feature, it enables you to use huge numbers of live sound uses as well. Usually, compression tools consist of two sections -

Compressor: compressor is a peripheral that trim down the dynamic range of program material. This is very useful, while you are going to record vocals, where vocal or an instrument changes from low to very high. Trim down the dynamic range causes the high level to be somewhat reduced while it comes down into lower level, As a result of this, an overall higher average level. This simply prevents – “Pinning the matter”. Additionally, it helps to the sound engineers to set the optimum

levels and allows the instruments or vocal to sit better in live mix.

Limiter: A limiter is a device, which helps you to stop the output of a signal path from going above a pre-determined level. It is especially effective for protecting PA speakers from overload and distortion. Not only that, it will limit the clipping (distortion) in both analog and digital systems.

 

Reverb –when is enough?

 

Equalization and compression is not the last of sound engineering. Most of the sound engineers relay on reverb it is a very powerful tool that can give you the optimum results. As mentioned earlier, it is a very powerful tool. That is why, before using, you must know the basic concepts of it.Reverb or reverberation is a continuous sound that exists in a room after the source of the sound is stopped. Most of the people mistakenly called it echo, Where as echo is completely different from

reverb. It is recommended that, be careful while you are selecting an electronically generated reverb. Probably the best way to use of reverb is –

 

For up-tempo songs, use short reverb decay times. A longer reverb may result loss of clarity. Longer reverb useful while you are working with slow tempo compositions like ballads and ambient mixes.

Understanding exciters

 

An exciter, which is commonly known as enhancer – adds a specific type sound sparkle. Usually, it spice up the flat sound. The enhancer, generally pick off the high frequency part of the sound, compress, dynamically alter them, filtering the original sound and remix the resultant harmonics.

The device enhances voice and instrumentals sounds more presentable and exciting without any problem. Using this, you can simply boost the high frequency and very beautiful sound.

When should I use a gate?

 

Noise gates are one kind of compressor, which enables you to automatically mute the signal from unused microphones or other input devices. When a microphone’s signal level drops bellow from a certain level, the device automatically cut the signal or mutes the input from that microphone. By using this, you can fairly reduce the background noise while you are recording.

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