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Best use of equipment?
Old 11th November 2009
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Best use of equipment?


I am curious what the best way to utilize my gear is. The band i work for is a 6 piece metal fusion band. It consist of a drums, 2 guitars, bass, synth and samples, lead vocals, 2 back up vox. For FOH we use a CPM 32-4 mixer.

32 CH, 6 aux sends 4 Pre EQ, 2 Post, 2 aux returns, Master L/R, Mono, 4 sub buses. For rack gear we are limited. We have 1 dual Art 15 band EQ for L/R FOH. 1 Behringer dual 31 band EQ, 2 stereo DBX 166XL compressor/ limiter/ Gate. And for monitors we use both the CPM and a Mackie 1604 board. WE are limited on EQs and noise gates but its a personal system. The board also has 4 on board dynamic compressors patch-able to Ch's or the subs. Default ratio is 4:1. My question is how should i use the compressors and gates which would best suite me. All vocals are male and i was thinking sub them and compress they're sub. compress keys and bass seperate? and i was thinking use the 4 DBX XL's channels for drums ( kick and 3 toms) Use 1 EQ for FOH and the other for lead VOX monitor mix (feedback protection) and the other possible for another monitor mix or use it to sidechain kick gate or something?

Our board is capable of switching the PrE_EQ AUx's to post internally, if i did that would that help in cleaning up the monitor mixes since i dont have enough EQ's for each Mon. Mix.

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