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Here are some things you can do to reduce unwanted sound in the performance area:
Reduce monitor levels in the control rooms to the lowest feasible listening levels when recording, overdubbing and mixing. There are often other workers present, for example producers, performers and engineers, who need to be present, and who may be there for many hours.
Sound engineers often need to raise the volume of quiet pieces of music for analytical purposes. Control room speaker levels need to be frequently adjusted, but there should be some safeguard to avoid inadvertently leaving speaker volumes at high levels.
Sound engineers do not favour electronic limiting in loudspeaker feeds. An alternative approach is to lock off the monitoring system to achieve a maximum level but then provide a method of fleeting gain increase . This could be achieved with a simple push button on the mixing desk that provides extra gain while pressed. A more sophisticated electronic version might calculate the duration of the full-volume mode, so that a cap could be applied to its use.
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