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In simplest terms, the gain is used to adjust the strength (i.e. voltage level) of the signal, whether that be within the electrical components of the mixing board, within the software DAW, signal sent to magnetic tape, etc. Volume, on the other hand, is used to adjust the loudness of the signal as you perceive it, whether that is through speakers, or ...


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The main disadvantage is generally cost and modularity, the advantage is simplicity. With an amp and passive speaker system, you can invest separately in a good amp and good speakers. You can upgrade one without the other and you have more flexibility in how you can upgrade. Also, generally, higher quality combined speakers will be more expensive than ...


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A sound card includes a DAC by necessity, but is a more complex device in theory. A sound card is able to synthesize sounds rather than simply play back samples and may have hardware that is capable of modifying samples on the fly (such as applying effects). A DAC on the other hand serves only the purpose of taking a digital signal and converting it to an ...


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I am somewhat reluctant to answer the question, due to the fact that I cannot find any further info (such as manuals) for that Leem LMM-6S mixer. I did found a Leem HM-624 which looks at least somewhat similar, but that didn't allow me to download the manual either. Without further information, wiring diagrams, and details on the actual PA system, the only ...


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At first I was reluctant to answer this question, as I believe in order to do this properly, will cost more than the value of said sub-woofer. However as nobody else has commented, I will give you an answer on how you can do this. There are two problems we need to overcome: The mixer has no further outputs to connect the subwoofer. The subwoofer has ...


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The Roland CS-10EM's are a really good pair. I recently bought them and am really happy with its result.


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According to the Amazon link you provided for the Decibel Meter, the inputs are line level. This means that you will need to hook up the meter directly to the Mixer as in your first and second diagrams. If you hook up the meter between the amp and the speakers bad things are likely to happen. Since the mixer only has unbalanced output, hooking the decibel ...


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You are correct in assuming that the speakers can only withstand the peak power for very short periods of time. The VP2520 is a 4 Ω speaker. Looking at the technical specs of the amp, it seems the continous power per channel for a 4 Ω load is only 500 W (rms). The peak power is 750 W per channel. In other words, the VP2520 appears to be a perfect match for ...


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If I follow correctly, you want to play your keyboard, and route the audio from the keyboard into the KP3 to add effects, and then route the effected audio into your computer to record with Reason. You can absolutely do this, and you'll need some way to get that signal into your computer. Your computer's soundcard can probably already do this. An "audio ...


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The reason for using microphones of different types is generally to get the best features of both. Key would be: The Sony, a condenser mic, has a sound which is often considered brittle and sharp, but very good for vocals Ribbon mics usually have a more broadly balanced output, so aren't as peaky in a particular frequency range The sound pickup gives a ...


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Ah! Here's a good answer from someone who had the same frustration as I experienced:


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A sound card also includes Audio inputs converted to digital by ADCs. Here's a traditional block diagram of the sound card and circled in red are the DACs and the ADCs: - Your computer is basically the PCI bus which the sound card plugs into. There's a fair bit more in a soundcard than just the DAC part and of course the ADC allows you to record analogue ...


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I have only used the Roland CS-10EM's but I will say that they surprised me! Much better signal to noise ratio than I had anticipated and a relatively flat response, however the LF does roll off as might be expected. Comfortable to wear, however, be careful when monitoring as feedback will strike fairly easily. I have only heard that the Soundman plugs are ...


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1 & 2) You seem to understand the reason your compressor is a part of your signal chain. It sounds as though your compressor is set up to adjust the level it receives from your console to about -3dB. If it is working for you then it is in a good spot IMO. However, I don't think your Topaz console has a master insert. An insert literally places your ...


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I helped answer your last question as well, and nothing is wrong with your setup. I understand your confusion, but take from this that +27dBu definitely does not mean you are outputting +27dB. The dBu numbers correspond to the nominal operating level of your equipment, and in the pro audio world -10dBu devices require more gain to reach the same nominal ...


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It's not ideal, but if you don't use the headphone output on the mixer, just run a stereo 1/4" to rca y-splitter cable to the rca inputs of the subwoofer. Otherwise, I'd have to agree that it would be more trouble/expensive than it is worth.


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1) This isn't invalid, but it is a little weird. An insert goes before the fader where as the output goes after. Using the insert would give the master fader total control over the output level where as the positioning on the outside of the board means that a) it will protect the output gear from accidentally going too loud and b) it will make the behavior ...


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From the list of speakers you have there, they could all be appropriate for the size of gigs you describe. You would be much better off with unpowered speakers though - if you use powered speakers you need to be able to plug them all in to the mains, and at many venues this can be a problem. In general, a couple of subs (bigger can be better if your music ...


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A powered speaker will generally cost more and be heavier, since they integrate the amp. If you are going with 4 speakers, and want flexibility in adding more in the future, it may be worth it to go passive. Behringer makes some nice 4 channel amps that are lightweight, look for the iNuke series. I have 2 of the 10" Behringer active speakers and they are ...


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I would definitely recommend compressors. We use hardware compressors for as many channels as possible (8 I think) so we don't load the computer's CPU unnecessarily. It makes a great difference to the separation and quality.


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For my home studio, I went for an external pre-amp/compressor as a means of improving the quality of the vocals, as discussed in this question. It allows the raw vocal to be captured in a more controlled manner for subsequent processing. [As a caveat, I'm not familiar with the Firebox, so I'm not sure whether this is the weak link in your system.] n.b. My ...


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A couple more possibilities... You can make use of a microphone's polar pattern here. Of course they all have their dead spots, and depending on what's comfortable, you could probably use a few different ones to accomplish your goal. Cardioid and Figure 8 come to mind. source Imagine using two mics, both with a figure 8 polar pattern. If you oriented ...


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In my specific case: yes. The upgrade seems to have solved the problem. At least, I've gone two days now (and many project open/close cycles) without the mappings disappearing. That's not something I was ever able to do with Logic 8.


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