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  • #49209
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    Billy
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    We use a qu 24 for our band when playing live music. One band member suggested we run a maximizer ot enhance the sound. Currently we are using exclusively the on board fx for our mix, which is really convenient.

    Does anyone use a maximizer with a qu 24 for small venue live music? Would you recommend it?

    #49212
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    mervaka
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    No, and no. What are you trying to achieve when you “enhance the sound”? If you think it’s a silver bullet to make your band sound better, then think again. Start with buying a better PA, doing a better mix, and knowing the limitations of the equipment you have and the room you are in.

    #49218
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    Dick Rees
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    And again, no. Actually NO!!!

    You could get the same “effect” by putting a “smile curve” on the mains GEQ…and screwing up the signal phase.

    Arguably one of the worst pieces of “sound gear” EVER.

    #49219
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    Arguably one of the worst pieces of “sound gear” EVER.

    AMEN to that!!!

    I want to throw up when I see that name

    that and Behringer feedback suppressors or any feedback suppression for that matter

    #49228
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    [XAP]Bob
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    *some* feedback suppression can work well, but there are better ways to avoid the howl.

    #49235
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    Dick Rees
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    It’s most commonly referred to as a “Sonic Crapitizer”…

    #49237
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    SteffenR
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    BBE Maximiser is a special tool in the wrong hands it destroys the sound completly
    what would you improve in your sound?

    #49255
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    John-S
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    A “maximizer” or “Aural Exciter” are just distortion generators. Some say it is pleasing distortion. If used as an effect in the correct situation it can be quite nice sounding. I might use it on a lead vocal. But placing it across the main mix tells me something is wrong.

    I think trashing the device outright for any and every situation is just as bad as using it too much. I’ll agree the name is entirely misleading though.

    John

    #49256
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    Dick Rees
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    John…

    Very diplomatic, but truth be told they do nothing that can’t be done without the box itself. Totally worthless, too light to hold your boat over the fishing hole…

    Besides emulating a smile curve and screwing up the phase response, the main “effect” they have is adding about 5 dB to the bypassed signal.

    More bass, more treble, screwy phase response and enough extra volume to make it “sound better”.

    Nothing that can’t be done with the onboard FX and EQ.

    Phooey

    #49479
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    Billy
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    Ok I picked up a Behringer SX3040 Sonic Exciter

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Behringer-SX3040-Sonic-Exciter-Stereo-Sound-Enhancement-Processor-104508304-i2547755.gc

    I think our band is finally going to get the sound that will make us popular for live gigs!

    Billy

    #49481
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    mervaka
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    Trolololol

    #49483
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    MarkPAman
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    Good luck! 😀

    #49485
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    Dick Rees
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    Ok I picked up a Behringer SX3040 Sonic Exciter

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Behringer-SX3040-Sonic-Exciter-Stereo-Sound-Enhancement-Processor-104508304-i2547755.gc

    I think our band is finally going to get the sound that will make us popular for live gigs!

    Billy

    You don’t need the band. You have a great future as a comedian!

    #49486
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    Billy
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    Seriously, the first post was real. Thanks very much for the good advice. Obviously I was kidding about actually buying the behringer. . .

    Billy

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