How to Use an Audio Compressor In Your Church System, Part 2

Understanding what a compressor does can be helpful and interesting, so read up on the mechanical descriptions of what a compressor is doing to the signal.

How to Use an Audio Compressor In Your Church System, Part 2
A list of presets available in the PreSonus Comp16 include the threshold, ratio, attack and release settings that are programmed into the preset.
How to Use an Audio Compressor In Your Church System, Part 2
A list of presets available in the PreSonus Comp16 include the threshold, ratio, attack and release settings that are programmed into the preset.

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PreSonus arranged the 16 presets by type of signal. We will use examples of the common instruments used in modern worship. I am going to include the settings that PreSonus used to create the presets. If you have a model that has threshold, ratio, attack and release, you can follow along and try these settings with your compressor. Please keep in mind you do not need this information to effectively use the Comp16.

You only need to choose a preset and follow the five steps listed above.

Understanding what a compressor does can be helpful and interesting, so I am including the mechanical descriptions of what the compressor is doing to the signal. It will also help to explain the presets where I included the settings.

• Threshold: This is the point where the compressor effects the signal, usually listed in decibels. If you set your threshold to – 10db, then the parts of the signal that are louder than –10db are compressed. The part of the signal or sound that is softer than – 10db is not compressed.

• Ratio: A mathematical formula of the amount the signal is compressed when the signal is louder than the threshold setting. As an example, If the ratio is set 2 to 1, then for every db of gain past the threshold the part of the signal that is louder than the threshold will be reduced in half.

• Attack: The attack is how fast the compression reacts after the reaching the threshold.

• Release: The release setting tells the compressor how long to hold after the reaching the threshold.

Here is the list of presets available in the PreSonus Comp16 including the threshold, ratio, attack and release settings that are programmed into the preset.

1. Vocal: Soft – Easy compression. A low ratio setting for ballads allowing a wider dynamic range. Good for live use. This setting lets the vocal sit in the track.
Threshold -8.2 db Ratio 1.8:1 Attack .002ms Release 38ms

2. Medium: More limiting than preset 1, for a narrower dynamic range. This will move the vocal more up front in the mix and can be helpful to push a weaker vocalist up above the music without
Threshold -3.3db Ratio 2.8:1 Attack .002 Release 38ms

3. Loud Vocals: This setting uses fairly hard settings good for an extremely loud vocalist, especially one that is on and off the microphone a lot. This can put the vocal up front but with no apparent volume spikes.
Threshold -1.1db Ratio 3.8:1 Attack .002ms Release 38ms


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Worship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.


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