Recording a live band - advice needed


i want to record some demos for a four-piece band comprising drums, bass, keys and guitar Using a Scarlett 18i8 interface to a MacBook Pro. What is the simplest way to limit the incoming sound particularly from drums to protect the recording Without having to resort to bringing masses of equipment?


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As a rule I would not use any dynamic processing on signals going into my AD (unless I was looking for a very particular sound, and even then I would usually do that after recording). Setting appropriate gain levels is the way to go. If you do need to limit each discrete microphone signal, that will require a channel of analogue limiting per microphone. That will inevitably lead to requiring what you refer to as masses of equipment :). Seriously, set your preamps low enough and you will be fine.

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