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08-27-2017, 02:49 PM
so i wanted to ask if the tube compressor is different or similar to an active eq. from
what i read so far the q factor on the compressor exists from one band to the next &
not across the full eq spectrum.

i read the q factor is preset, for the entire eq spectrum, does the q factor have its own eq.
would the tube compressor benefit, using a parametric equalizer?

what are the major differences from a compressor and a active eq thanks.

08-29-2017, 09:07 PM
Hi Brian;

Very different things. In short:

EQ for sound shaping.

Compressor, helps even out the volume/level of say a singer/speaker who moves around a microphone. A comp can also bring a week/soft voice up in volume in a mix. In short is mainly used to increase apparent volume as it reduces the loud and increases the quiet moments making a less dynamic, more even signal.

About the only use I could see for home use (playback) is evening out the volume on a TV between commercials and program.

In reality a compressor will not help you taylor the sound in playback like EQ. Compressors are very useful in live production and studio work, as is EQ.


09-03-2017, 03:16 PM
thanks barry my understanding was the noise gate was structured
fir eliminating crosstalk on stage. Your semblance suggests the compressor
is acting in the same structure. Ok.
i thought I read it was almost like a active crossover it is not.