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    tube compressor question.

    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.

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    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.

    Barry.
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    O,
    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.

    Thanks

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