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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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4. Perc: Snare/Kick. Allows the first transient through and compressed the rest of the signal giving a hard snap up front with a longer release.
Threshold -2.1db Ratio 3.5:1 Attack .078ms Release 300ms

5. L/R Mono Overhead: A low ration and threshold gives a fat contour to even out the sound from the overhead drum mics. Low end is increased and the overall sound is more present and less ambient. More boom, less room.
Threshold -4.4db Ratio 2.6:1 Attack 45.7ms Release 189ms

6. Fretted Electric Bass: A fast attack and a slow release to tighten up the electric bass and give you control for more consistent level.
Threshold -6.3db Ratio 3.4:1 Attack 188ms Release 400ms

7. Acoustic Guitar: This setting accentuates the attack of the acoustic guitar and helps maintain an even signal level keeping the acoustic guitar from disappearing in the mix.
Threshold -6.3db Ratio 3.4:1 Attack 188ms Release 400ms

8. Electric Guitar: A setting for crunch and electric rhythm guitar. A slow attack helps get the electric rhythm guitar up close and personal and adds some punch.
Threshold 0.1db Ratio 2.4:1 Attack 26ms Release 194ms

9. Keyboards (Piano): A special setting for an even level. Designed to help even up the top and bottom of an acoustic piano. Helps the left hand be heard with the right hand.
Threshold -10.8db Ratio 1.9:1 Attack 108ms Release 112ms

10. Synth: Fast attack and release for synthesizer horn stabs and for bass lines played on a synthesizer.
Threshold -11.9db Ratio 1.8:1 Attack 002ms Release 85ms

11. Orchestral: Use this setting for string pads and other types of synthesized orchestra parts. It will decrease the overall dynamic range for easier placement in the mix.
Threshold -3.3db Ratio 2.5:1 Attack 1.8ms Release 50ms

12. Limit: Mono Limiter – Just as the name implies. A hard limiter setting (brick wall) ideal for controlling mix down in mono or use two Comp16s.

13. Countour: A contoured setting for use on the mono output to fatten up a mix. Can be used on group send to an in-ear monitor system to even out the dynamic range in of the different channels included on that mix.

(Wayne DuCharme is a Studio Engineer, Singer/Songwriter, Worship Musician & eCommerce Director at CCI Solutions.)




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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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