[PD] tanh() or a compressor?

Brian Fay ovaltinevortex at gmail.com
Tue Oct 1 05:54:00 CEST 2013

Are you using a pop filter or windscreen or anything in front of the mic?
Maybe that could help filter out some of the super-loud plosive and
fricative sounds.

Moving further away from the mic would definitely lower the volume, too
(the SM58 is a cardioid mic, so it has proximity effect, where bass gets
emphasized the closer you are to the mic). I guess the proximity effect
will actually sound pretty nice on the kicks, but it also would explain why
the peaks are so high.

I guess you'll probably need the compressor (or tanh if you like the
distortion), but definitely give a pop filter/windscreen a shot if you
haven't (and let me know if it works, because I really have no clue and I'm
curious haha)

On Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM, Mario Mey <mariomey at gmail.com> wrote:

> Now, I am checking volumes of my looper patch. I had to raise [*~ 4] the
> volume of the mic, to get a razonable volume, compared to a song file, for
> example. But, using this looper patch, I make beatbox. So, kicks and snares
> from my mouth get in the mic. And, using a visual array to test it, I
> realize that the kicks and snares are so much higher volume than the vocals.
> The patch has FXs with feedbacks, so, they can make signal > 1. So, at the
> end of the patch, there's [expr tanh($v1)] to to avoid that...  tanh() is
> simpler than a a compressor, but it loose some sounds (I think). Or I
> should trust in tanh()?
> Multiple choice:
> 1- Use tanh() in the input, after adc~ and before dac~.
> 2- Use a compressor patch in the input, after adc~ (and tanh() before dac~)
> 3- Use a compressor at the end of the patch, before dac~
> 4- Stay as it is now...
> Also, I can't spend more CPU process...
> What do you recommend me to use?
> Thanks.
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