Gainset
Gainset
1.3

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Gainset

1.3
26 February 2005

Calculates gain for your pro audio gear.

Overview

A common scenario... You're setting up your sound system and it's time to connect up the amplifiers. Where do you turn the knob on the amp? Hmm... 12 o'clock looks good. Well, believe it or not, there is actually a correct position to turn that knob to and it can be calculated.

Enter GainSet... GainSet is a computer program that does this calculation for you. Using information you provide about your system, GainSet will show you the gain setting for your amplifier that will provide the highest signal to noise ratio and the "hottest" signal you can achieve before your system clips.

GainSet is a computer program for sound professionals brought to you by Jason Romney and Michel Marrano of the North Carolina School of the Arts Graduate Theatre Sound Design program. Please browse through the F.A.Q. and download a copy of GainSet for yourself! We would love to hear what you think about GainSet so please feel free to contact us.

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Version 1.3 includes all new equipment submissions so far.

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2 Gainset Reviews

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Anonymous
26 February 2005

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ummmmmm.... If you really need this to set-up gain on your amps...perhaps you should step away from the console now. This is a tragically over simplified attempt at helping with gain stucture.
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Anonymous
27 February 2005
I'd half agree with the previous poster: maybe experienced professionals won't find this overly useful. However, there would be many people new to home recording who don't even realize there is an optimal gain setting for their gear. I think they'd stand to benefit most, if this could be expanded to include active monitors (and audio interfaces, perhaps?). Just one small quibble: does it really need an installer?
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Anonymous
26 February 2005
ummmmmm.... If you really need this to set-up gain on your amps...perhaps you should step away from the console now. This is a tragically over simplified attempt at helping with gain stucture.
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Jason Romney
Jason Romney
03 March 2005
I know many seasoned professionals that find this to be an incredibly useful too. The calculation being done is incredibly accurate if you've set up the rest of your system properly. Certainly it is not meant to be the answer to all your gain structure problems and I'm very clear about that on the website. This is really written as a companion to the ClipCop that helps you set the gains for all your line-level devices. A sound system that is properly "lined up" will have all devices in the signal chain clipping at the same time. Once you've used the ClipCop to do this for your line-level devices, GainSet will tell you where to turn the knob on the amplifier so it clips at the same time as the rest of your system. The biggest complaint I get from people using the ClipCop/GainSet combo to set gain structure is that when you're done, the system is running way too "hot" and you have more sound than you need. Most people end up pulling the gain on the amp back at this point to compensate. This is not my fault. If you properly line up the gain structure of your system and the system is too loud, then you're an engineer who was wasted your or the producers money on too much of a sound system. The whole point here is that using this tool can help you get more dB out of your system without spending any more money. If you can get another 18 dB out of your system just by setting the proper gain structure, you've saved yourself the cost of going from a 100 watt amplifier to a 6400 watt amplifier. And you don't have any amp hiss! If you can get the same amount of sound out of a system that costs less than the other guy, you're going to get the gig. GainSet will help you do it.
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