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Using sonic Maximizers with Microphones
Old 28th September 2006
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Using sonic Maximizers with Microphones

Hi everybody. I'm new to the forum, but I did search before I posted this thread, however all the references to sonic maximizers have been tied to guitars....
I am a drummer and I play extreme metal. I have a mic hooked up to my snare that I'm running through an alesis 3630 compressor/limiter. I do this to bring my softer, high speed hits up to a decent volume level while limiting my harder snare hits so they don't come out of the PA too loud.
I'm finding that after I run the snare mic through the compressor, the signal is very quiet.
I'm wondering if I should run the mic through a sonic maximizer to amplify the signal before sending it through the compressor, or if I should run the compressor output through a sonic maximizer before entering the PA system?
Is a sonic maximizer even what I am looking for, to provide amplification of a mic?
I haven't found a description for dummies on the net anywhere, so I'm just assuming it's an amplifier.
Consider me a noob when it comes to gear!
Any input would be appreciated.
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