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Old 11th September 2011
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compressing while recording problem

Im trying to compress my signal while recording and using a condenser mic but I get no signal. It works when using a dynamic mic so it must be a phantom power issue. For some reason I cant figure out where the issue is (probably right in front of my face).

My set up right is:

condenser mic > mic panel > Samson S patch + > 003 rack+

Im trying to patch in my dbx 266xl.

Ive tried switching from normal to half normal on the patch point with the mic and ive tried thru on the compressor patch points.

the patchbay is 1/4" TRS. I have 1/4" TRS to XLR cables plugged into the dbx

Any help would be awesome!!!
Old 11th September 2011
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TheBankInc's Avatar

Explain what mic panel is. You are using the 003 as a mic pre?
Old 11th September 2011
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I have a mic panel in the other room the is hooked up to the patchbay which is going out into my 003 so no patches need to be made when using the 003 (only pres at the moment). im trying to compress while recording using the 003. when i was using my 57 it worked fine. so it must be a phantom power issue.
Old 11th September 2011
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Mic --> Preamp --> Compressor --> Line input of recording system.

S'how the pros do it, or anyone that wants it to function.

Try that! Have fun.
Old 11th September 2011
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Your condenser mic needs 48V phantom power. The phantom power is provided by the mic preamp (in your case, your 003) and is carried to the mic on one pin of the XLR connector.
If you want to compress on the way in, you need to patch your compressor AFTER the mic preamp and BEFORE your audio interface. The problem is, that the 003 does not have any hardware insert to patch a compressor in, so the only way to do this is to buy a dedicated mic preamp (not a bad idea anyway, considering the quality of the 003's pres).
Like Avast! said: Mic -> Preamp (providing gain and phantom power) -> Compressor -> Audio Interface Line Input

My advise: Skip the compression when recording and compress after the recording (e.g. by inserting the 166XL as a hardware insert).
Old 12th September 2011
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You have to setup a hardware insert in Pro Tools.

Mic > panel > patch > 003 (preamp+48v)

Have that come in on an aux channel in PT with a hardware insert (out of a PT LINE OUT back in to the corresponding LINE IN) then route the output of the aux track to an audio track and RECORD! keeping in mind you cannot use NO LATENCY monitoring with this setup so there may be too much delay...I agree with the others though - just compress later !

Hope that helps
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