Saturation Tools for 2021 – Page 12 – Effects Forum

Unaspected wrote:

Tue Nov 30, 2021 1:03 pm

NinjaToon wrote:

Tue Nov 30, 2021 12:45 pm

Unaspected wrote:

Tue Nov 30, 2021 12:19 pm

NinjaToon wrote:

Tue Nov 30, 2021 11:43 am

LFO8 wrote:

Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:14 am

What you describe (only 1-2% range) is a matter of gain staging.

Please explain? I follow best practice with GS always have but I still don’t understand what you mean.

I was going to say the same.

If you lower your input then the following gain stage will have more range.

I guess I’m not in the habit of inserting gain adjustment between processors on a master bus. I would set it early then adjust it at the end if needs must and if I do I never find any travel on BB but I would for Kelvin at the same RMS (hottest mixbus for me would be -16-14 at the most).

I guess it’s true that I could drop it down to sub -20 to find more travel tho but that’s fiddlyness I generally wouldn’t pursue, especially when I don’t have to do that for any other saturator in my experience. I just don’t think there’s enough usable travel on BB. Like there is no way you would go to one o clock or beyond on BB right?

You can go beyond one o clock, depending on the input signal and desired result. For cleaner warmth and improved resolution, drop the input gain in the plugin. If that isn’t enough you could either drop the output of the processor before it or insert a gain stage there to attenuate the level going into HG-2.

There are plenty of plugins that benefit from correct gain staging, HG-2 is not an exception.

I don’t think my gainstaging is the issue tho. I wonder if BB bothers anyone else in this regard?

Put BB on, nudge the dial. That’s it. Toast don’t burn.

PSP saturator is another I’ve been using lately and that is fine on the Master bus for usable travel at -20 to -16 rms. Obviously I’m not asking for the full knob range on every plugin but more than nudge range would be an improvement.

Anyway I’m too lazy to fiddle with inserting gain adjustments between processors. Consistently aiming for -18 should be enough, mix fast die young.

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