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Signal Processing

Many productions have been run using very little signal processing equipment. Often all that is used is an equalizer to EQ for the speakers and the room. However, other pieces of processing gear can be used to improve the overall quality of sound or to produce interesting effects.

As mentioned earlier, compressor/limiters are very useful for microphone inputs. They can help provide a more consistent volume level without making the job of the audio operator any more difficult. They can also be used to help protect the sound system from any transients, such as from the sound of someone dropping a microphone.

Multi-effects units can be used to deepen, echo or reverb an actor's voice. This can be useful for certain productions that call for such effects. Also, reverbs and room simulators can be used with general pickup microphones on a stage to provide a room ambience sound6.3. It is important, though, to not over-use effects -- unless, of course, that is the desired effect.


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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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