Cut-Only Equalizer. Term used to describe graphic equalizers designed only for attenuation. (Also referred to as notch equalizers, or band-reject equalizers). Usually applied to active designs. The flat (0 dB) position locates all sliders at the top of the front panel. Comprised only of notch filters (normally spaced at 1/3-octave intervals), all controls start at 0 dB and reduce the signal on a band-by-band basis. Used only in permanent sound systems. Proponents of cut-only philosophy argue that boosting runs the risk of reducing system headroom.
I’ve done some unbecomming things too.
Just today, a church had scheduled our singing group to come to their 175 Anniversary service. We were scheduled to sing after their AM service downstairs as the congregation was eating. After we finished setting up and doing a soundcheck, I started playing some background music, then I eventually went to the men’s room.
While I was gone, a song that was louder than the others started playing… just as the pastor started praying.
We use Emcee Pro for our soundtracks, and Windows Media Player was the program playing the background music. When somone tried to stop the music with the “Esc” button, like you do in Emcee Pro, it didn’t work. So she just muted the channel.
If I had been there….. but I wasn’t.
Do you want to say “Tisk tisk ” back to me?
For most mastering tasks, a multi-band dynamics plug-in such as Waves C4 (bottom) will achieve the most transparent results, but that doesn't mean that you can't use a full-band compressor such as Universal Audio's 1176SE (top) if you're after a more vintage 'pumping' sound. There is another technique which makes a compromise between mastering as you mix and mastering off-line. After having a song mastered, you'll sometimes wish you had mixed the song a little differently, because mastering brings out some elements that might have been less obvious while mixing. For example, it's not uncommon to find out when compressing at the mastering stage that the mix changes subtly, requiring you to go back and do a quick remix (another reason why mix automation is so useful).