Originally Posted by Syn303
i just got a new compressor and a couple of new insert cables, but when i plug the insert TRS jack into the insert socket of my mixing desk the sound cuts out completely, but if i pull the jack back out to the first click, the sound comes back in.
Is the fault with my desk's insert jack socket or the insert cable itself?
When you pull it out to first click, essentially what you're doing is tapping off the signal at this point - ie the "send" is being made, but the "return" is not - the normalling isn't being broken, so you can use this as a direct out from your board.
When you push it all the way in, the normalling is broken, and you're not getting signal through your compressor for some reason.
It does sound to me as well that the send and return are plugged the wrong way round into your compressor. Is the compressor metering in any way? if not, that's either the problem, or there's something wrong with how the compressor is connected. try plugging the return cable into the compressor in - you'll probably find that now it meters, and your cables are just wired incorrectly.