chapter  10
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EQ, dynamics and effects

Before launching into this slightly techy section I thought I’d point out that I’ll cover the basics of what are generally deemed to be essential dynamics processes. We’ll also look at their associated equipment on large shows but please don’t feel that you must have all of the gadgets in order to put on a successful show. You may not really need any compressors or gates (for instance) and adding them for the sake of it could be a mistake, using them badly could seriously impact your gig. We also apply the old rule of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t

fix it’, basically meaning that if a sound is fine already then you don’t need to do anything other than set its level. Other wise sayings such as the acronym KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) apply, but a little more specific is the ‘less is more’ approach; a subtle touch will be better than a heavy-handed attitude, so use a degree of sensitivity when applying any processing to your sounds.