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Highly portable PA and monitor combined for solo performers, DJs and general-purpose use. Fixed vertical control with 180° horizontal coverage Reduced vulnerability to feedback.

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T1 Compression Settings

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Originally posted by Will O'Connor:
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The 'light' compression is pretty light. Its a 2:1 ratio with fairly fast attack and release times. That would be my pick for slapping, threshold adjusted to taste. I don't think you are missing anything...


MIkeZ,

Is there a place where I could look to find out what the exact settings are for each of the different Compressor settings? i.e. Ratio, Attack, Release etc...

Thanks,
-W


Will,

The specs for our compressors aren't published. I'd have to look them up myself, I don't remember off the the top of my head from when they were developed.

What are you trying to achieve?

MikeZ


Thanks MikeZ,

I've been using compression for a few years, but I'm finding it hard to understand the T1's "already set" settings by comparing them to the values I've learned to use as my guidelines.

I've been getting along great with my T1s compressor settings lately, but compression is a really subtle effect. I've been trying my ear to identify the subtleties of these presets, but when I read your more specific description of the T1's "light" setting, I suddenly understood that preset. I know how I want to use it and what it'll be good for...

Don't get me wrong, of course. Preset settings are terrific. It's obvious the idea here is simplicity... and it really is simple. I'm also aware of Bose's stance on publishing specs, and totally agree as far as "output" is concerned. Here, I think it would be absolutely beneficial.

For people that may be new to compressoion, or not as well versed with ratio, attack, release, soft/hard knee etc... the prose description is fine. For others, who do know these types of things, the prose decription just raises more questions given the different situations we might find ourselves in, i.e. How "heavy" is "heavy"? Is it heavy for a upright bass? How about for keyboards? Sax? Does "Medium" mean a 5:1 ratio or 8:1? If light is "fast", is "Medium" more moderate, i.e. 7-10ms Attack/.3ms release? Are attack and release more like an "auto" with parameters?

What I'd really love is a extra compressor setting (on top of the ones that are there) that I could customize and dial in some or all of the specifics. That may be too much to ask, but at the very least, knowing the specs would help tremendously.

Wow! Way more than I expected to say... sorry for the long read. I hope that makes sense.

Thanks for your time and help!
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Although I have owned several dedicated compressors and read a number of articles about them and the technical settings, it is very tough for me to accomplish anything useful, while I am singing and trying to adjust various parameters of my previous equipment.

I was ok with a few tweaks for my Bass Guitar, but trying to listen, adjust and sing, just did not work for me.

I need to work with the T1 settings a bit more to get comfortable, but so far they have been very easy to work with and have simplified the process considerably.

I agree that knowing a bit more may help a bit in relating to how the presets got there, but the real beauty is the simplicty and the fact that a lot of engineering and Bose know how have made these so user friendly for the average musician, without being a sound engineer.
Couldn't agree more, Joel.... it's not just the form factor of the T1 that's improved my live experience (and that of my audience), but also the quality of the sound this thing produces. The effects are top-notch.

It's really just that I'm feeling that the descriptions of the compressor settings are over-simplified. Yes, I'd love to have more control here, like I do with reverb, but I'll live. For now, it would just help to know what I'm dialing up when I'm using the "Medium" setting.
RE: Compressor Internals

Light as I mentioned is about 2:1, fast attack and release.

Medium is about 3.5:1, fast attack and release.

Heavy is about 6:1, fast attack and release.

All have 'soft knee' transitions.

Hope this is helpful. When tuning the compressors I relied much more by ear to determine the settings than by numerical values.

A couple of comments on the settings.

When doing general compression like is done in the T1, I found fairly fast attack and release times to be the most versatile. Slower times need more fine tuning and are more prone to artifacts when used heavily.

The threshold is the most important control on any compressor, in my opinion. Careful adjustment of this is super important. You need to make sure you are compressing the parts of the instrument that you want to compress (peaks, 20% of the time, 100% of the time etc.)

Mike
Awesome!

Thanks MikeZ... and I do feel much more confident now about using these settings now... I'd love to be able to play with the Attack/Release times, but I'll live.

Also, I couldn't agree more about the Threshold. Having the compression indicator at the top of the screen has been invaluable.

Thanks again, and congratulations... you guys really put together something special. I can't wait to get to my gig tonight.

-Will
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Originally posted by Will O'Connor:
Awesome!

Thanks MikeZ... and I do feel much more confident now about using these settings now... I'd love to be able to play with the Attack/Release times, but I'll live.

Also, I couldn't agree more about the Threshold. Having the compression indicator at the top of the screen has been invaluable.

Thanks again, and congratulations... you guys really put together something special. I can't wait to get to my gig tonight.

-Will


Thanks Will, Im glad those descriptions are helpful. Let us know how your gig goes...

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