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Senses input transients to automatically adjust attack and release times.
The Mackie Quad Comp/Gate is designed for world-class sound with 4 channels of powerful digital compression and gating. Its compression/limiting and gating/expansion algorithms were written by the gurus at Acuma Labs to provide a very wide range of high-quality, instantly usable settings. With 99 user-definable snapshots for calling up, say, a favorite bass or vocal compression sound, the Quad Comp/Gate makes it much easier to get consistently fast, great-sounding mixes than analog compressor/gates.
The Quad Comp/Gate's built-in Key Filtering function provides independent gating and compression based on an adjustable triggering frequency, and features a convenient Key Listen so you can easily dial in and monitor the specific range of frequencies while you're in the mix. A Side Chain input allows triggering the compression/gating using external signals. And the Quad Comp/Gate's "Auto" feature senses input transients to automatically adjust attack and release times -- eliminating the "pumping" effect associated with compression triggering.
Of course, none of the Quad Comp/Gate's bells and whistles would matter for live sound engineers if it wasn't amazingly fast to use. So the front panel is intuitively laid out with ultrabright 12-segment metering, multicolor backlit buttons and 9 backlit push-button knobs with LED collars to indicate settings from a mile away. You simply press the channel(s) you wish to process and adjust the knobs accordingly. Channels can be operated independently or stereo-linked with a single button press, making global FOH limiting adjustments fast and convenient. For maximum flexibility, the Quad Comp/Gate's rear panel includes both 1/4" TRS and XLR connections, TRS Side Chain send and return, and a Planet Earth power supply, which operates on voltages between 100 and 240V.
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I needed a compressor to help smooth out the signal during recording to help prevent peaking. So after researching a bunch of compressors, I made my decision to get the Mackie Quad. Pros - The Gate is amazing and very easy to use as well as the compressor. Since everything is going more toward digital recording these days its the perfect machine. Providing digital compression while still having controls of an analog unit. The compression is nice and smooth unlike some compressors (of course if its set up correctly). Cons - It produces noise (as do most compressors/signal processors) but the noise gate takes care of that. Also the max sample rate is 48,000khz so if your recording above that (96,000 for example) I suggest using your other hardware's send/return feature to convert it back to your sample rate after compression. This should fix that problem. Use it with a good mic pre like the Eureka or Onyx and you'll be happy. This thing takes you from Intermediate to PRO.