Saint Johnny B Posted October 22, 2003 Share Posted October 22, 2003 I'm working with a keyboard player, a real pounder who sometimes breaks keys which we have to replace, but he sometimes plays really soft, light passages as well. In other words, he's got an incredible dynamic range. Thus, it is difficult to keep his levels within manageable bounds when tracking to a digital rig and it's hard to control him in live situations as well. Plus, he's got a stereo keyboard rig. We got to talking about various ways we might solve the problem and here is a signal chain he came up with: source-->pre--->eq--->opto comp---eq--->make-up gain--->brickwall limiter--->output The pre is intended to deal with the wimpy signals that come out of his sound modules, the opto-compressor would deal subtlely with his vast dymamic range, and the brickwall limiter is intended for speaker-protection and to keep any digital mixer/recorder from going into overload and nasty distortion. So here are the questions: 1) Does this proposed signal chain make sense? 2) Do you know any boxes that will do the trick, if so, perhaps you could share some suggestions. 3) Does anyone make something like a channel strip that contains a pre, an eq, an optical compressor and a separate brickwall limiter? If yes, please tell me about it. If no, perhaps you could lobby different companies to make such a special channel strip just for keyboard players. Thanks folks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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