My band is a three piece (one female vocalist, guitar player, and myself on a roland td-20 kit) which uses backing tracks to supplement our sound. We create the tracks ourselves by pre-recording the bass lines and any rhythym guitar tracks, additional percussion tracks, and vocal harmonies with a boss 1600cd digital recorder. These tracks are then mixed down and sampled onto compact flash cards which I trigger in my spd-s sampler. The problem is that, as much as we try to be consistent with the track levels, some are hotter than others. To control this, I have been using a samson s com compressor/limiter. I have only been using the compresssor, but I am not sure if I am doing the right thing. Would a limiter be better for this to get the tracks all at one level? Or should I stay with the compressor? Right now I have it set at about +2 db with a ratio of 4:1 and the automatic hold and release set (yes, primarily because I have not mastered the art of working the compressor to its capabilities). Any inputs or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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compressor/limiter help on backing tracks