Okay, you guys have been incredibly helpful in my buying all this gear I just picked up, and I basically have my first show with it tomorrow. So I would like to get some advice.
I am using a Macki DL1608 mixer, a pair of PRX612m tops over the 618XLF subs, one EV ELX112p wedge, four IEM's, and two old JBL MR805 wedges for drummer and bass player, powered by a Crown Powerbase 2.
Here is my problem:
I have been a musician for decades, but I know NOTHING about compression, limiting, gating, or even effective use of the four band parametric EQ on the DL1608, though I love all the pretty colors! lol
Okay, seriously, I could use some advice so I don't tank my first show with the new gear as I am really stressing this out. I had a friend over the phone who lives 300 miles away from me but owns the DL1608 give me some typical settings. Things like this:
For the IEM's, four auxes for four IEM's, I am using Brickwall limiting with the compressor set to:
Hard Knee, -3db threshold, ratio of infinity to 1, attack at 0.1, release at 250 ms, and 0 gain. He told me this is a basic brickwall limiter, which I wanted on all IEM's.
I will keep ALL the 31 band graphic EQ's flat unless I need to ring out feedback. My band is not very loud, so hopefully this won't be a problem.
I am using light compression on all the vocals: Basically for my mic around -10 threshold, 3:1 ratio, 0.1 attack, o hold time, and I am putting 10 db of "makeup gain" on all the vocal channels. For the female vocalist, I think I have to raise the threshold, because she sings softly? So I was told to bring the threshold to about -15 with the same on the other settings? I have a singer who sings sporadically and unpredictably loud and tends to clip channels, so I think I should maybe set his comp to about -20db and maybe 250 ms of a release time and a 4:1 ratio?
Oh and all the non-IEM compression is set to soft knee.
I could be WAY OFF on this, as I know nothing.
In short, I am afraid of ruining the sound of my new gear by overdoing it and "mixing over my head" from stage while I play and sing.
So this is my way of asking for ALL OF YOUR tips and suggestions, whether you agree or disagree with my settings posted above. Any pitfalls I need to be aware of? Is it super easy for a guy like me to simply and royally FUCK my mix and make this good equipment sound like garbage?
I am trying to keep all the parametric, channel EQ's as close to flat as possible. But compression is something I am completely lost on. I kind of sort of get it in theory, but have no idea even what to listen for with compression.
I was also told to compress the kick as follows (approximately): -20 threshold, 2:1, 6ms attack and 60 ms release.
For snare about -10 attack, 2:1, 200 ms attack, 400 ms release, and about 10 db make up gain.
For the three toms I was told to engage the high pass for the two rack toms and not for the floor tom and instead of compression, to use gating as follows (on all 3) again approximate: -14 db threshold, range 30db, attack 0, hold 450 ms, release 250 ms.
Quite frankly, I don't even really know what in the hell range means in a limiter, nor do I understand what all these little functions do when summed together. I am truly that clueless.
Look, not to put too fine a point on it, am I going to SCREW THINGS UP royally with settings like I posted above?? I really am stressing this shit badly. Almost wish I had the low pressure of my old, crappy gear with all the low expectations it came with.