How hot do you push your gains?

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    Dave71
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    Just interested on how hot you push your gains. Was just playing around with the Auto Gain assistant at home and found it was pushing the gain up higher than i would normally go with my level peaking at about +8/10db in the meters. Was just using a mic, talking reasonably loud with quite a consistent level with the occasional louder bit. Had my headphone on and still sounded nice and clean.

    #120462
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    Lee7
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    The Auto Gain will only raise levels to around 0.db, I found that in a live environment that it wasn’t just quite enough, so I tend to run slightly hotter without any problems.

    #120471
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    Hugh
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    Truth told gain structure involves more than the console alone: the capabilities of a companion speaker system plays a critical role in the need to push input gain at the console. When a, similar to the CQ desk, budget friendly speaker system is deployed at a noisy gig nothing beneficial can come from it.
    Unfortunately this conundrum is prevalent with many start up bands and acceptance of the fact that their role of providing elevator music is impossible to overcome with additional DBs: be an increase from either the desk or more powerful speakers.
    The amount of speaker delivery power needs to be calibrated with a given venue’s nomenclature and adjusted pursuant to need with the speakers: never beyond the optimum gain level set at the console!
    Hugh

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    Truth told gain structure involves more than the console alone: the capabilities of a companion speaker system plays a critical role in the need to push input gain at the console. When a, similar to the CQ desk, budget friendly speaker system is deployed at a noisy gig nothing beneficial can come from it.
    Unfortunately this conundrum is prevalent with many start up bands and acceptance of the fact that their role of providing elevator music is impossible to overcome with additional DBs: be an increase from either the desk or more powerful speakers.
    The amount of speaker delivery power needs to be calibrated with a given venue’s nomenclature and adjusted pursuant to need with the speakers: never beyond the optimum gain level set at the console!
    Hugh

    You should never “push input gain” in a effort to increase the output gain because your speaker system isn’t up to the task IMHO. If you need to add gain somewhere in the signal process for this situation, it should be done at the output stage, not the input stage.

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    Lee7
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    @Hugh this 👆️

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