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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How to Use an Audio Compressor In Your Church System, Part 2
How To Use An Audio Compressor In Your Church System, Part 1

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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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Compressors are one of the most used audio devices in the professional world and least understood by most nonprofessional users.

PreSonus arranged the 16 presets by type of signal. We will use examples of the common instruments used in modern worship.

In the first article, which ran on Monday, December 18, we pointed out what an important role an audio compressor plays in almost every form of professional sound that you hear in today’s media-rich world.

In the first article, we discussed how an audio compressor works, why you would use one and we walked through the connections and settings to use a compressor on your pastor’s microphone. Please refer to the previous article if you missed it earlier this week.

I decided to simplify the presentation by using a very simple mono compressor designed around well thought presets, making its use very easy to explain. I included the parameters for the presets to help those that are familiar enough to take advantage of them.

As shown above is an image of the PreSonus Comp16 Compressor.

We will cover the presets that make using this compressor a breeze, but first wanted to share the instructions, because it is so easy to follow, that you will likely read on based on its ease of use.

1. Connect the Comp16 to the audio channel or source and select the appropriate preset from the list below.

2. Set the output to 0db.

3. Set the input all the way counter clockwise.

4. Send the signal to the Comp16 and increase the gain until the meter shows -5db to -7db.

5. Push the output to meter button and turn the output knob clockwise until the meter shows 0db.

In the remainder of the article, we will cover the Comp16 controls, the basic explanation of the preset parameters, and how the presets apply to the instruments and vocals in your worship space.

The Controls:

• Input – This knob controls the signal gain coming into the Comp16’s line in on the back.

• Bypass – This button defeats the compression and allows you to check your final settings we will cover this again at the end of the process.

• Preset – This rotary knob selects one of the 16 presets, we will cover these in just a moment.

• Output to Meter – in the out position the meter shows the amount of compression taking place. When pushed in, it displays the level of output after compression.

• Output – The output control sets the amount of gain at the line out after compression.


Latest Resource

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.


Article Topics

Technology · Audio · Streaming · Team Management · Team Development · Attack · Audio Compression · Bypass · Input · Loud Vocals · Output · All Topics

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