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rolls SL33B Stereo Program Limiter
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but i'm just just trying to help.
p.s this should be found in electronics, not just musical instuments
I am surprised there are not more companies out there making simple consumer level units like this. At the same, time I am sure that the majority of people out there would have a hard time grasping the concept of this device and how it works.
Settings: I turn the makeup gain to about 1-2 o'clock and the threshold to about 9 position. Turn volume up all the way on the device (iPad, projector, laptop). Set volume on external speakers to comfortable level and done.
Unit is about 3.5" x 1.5". Very small so you can tuck it away just about anywhere.
I work in a busy dental clinic with a moderate constant background noise of instruments and chatter. Radio stations are usually well modulated for volume control but CDs and downloaded music are not, especially classical and movie music. But I want to play MY music at the clinic, not a radio station.
So I made a playlist of music I like that should be un-offensive to most people 18-80 years old--not an easy task without resorting to elevator music. I loaded the playlist onto an old iPod and play it through an Altec Lansing $80 speaker system (no longer available but my Bose Companion 3 is equivalent in quality but costs a lot more). At first it was impossible to keep the volume at a level that was usable: it was always too loud or too soft with unpleasant way-too-loud occasional outbursts. But turning the volume low enough to prevent the volume outbursts meant missing most of the lower volume parts.
This item was the great solution. It brings up the lower volume parts and lowers the high volume parts to a pleasant smooth more constant volume level.
But there are some tricks I had to learn:
1. I must plug the iPod into the input jacks of the Rolls unit and set the volume control on the iPod to maximum level. If the iPod is set to less than its maximum volume then the Rolls does not do its magic.
2. I must set the THRESHOLD control at its lowest level (-13dB).
3. I use the MAKEUP GAIN control as my master volume control. Works perfectly just like a volume control on any device.
4. Set the speaker system volume control at a level that is the maximum you would want it to be and still be comfortable. The MAKEUP GAIN control will be adjusting the volume when you want it softer or louder.
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I used it for my guitar on the 2nd night of a 2-night restaurant gig, because on the 1st night I was told the sound was too loud sometimes. Running through the limiter, I got no complaints.
The 3 major downsides to the unit are:
1) connectors are 1/8 inch jacks and RCA. Would've been great if the 1/8 inch jacks were 1/4 inch instead - but the unit is supposed to be used mainly for consumer stereo.
2) No LED decibel meter. It's really handy to have a visual reference. Of course, the unit is designed to prevent overloading...
3) the output gain control was dirty sounding when turning the dial, but didn't affect the signal when not being turned
I'd give it a 5/5 if these issues did not exist. Overall, a useful little unit when you need it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The more counter-clockwise you set the threshold the more limiting you get, typically it needs to be at least somewhere left of straight up to get any limiting. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by rqj
Works very great! The sound from my church mixer is made like AGC to the computer for doing live stream. Once I tuned this, I leave it there and it just performs well always! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chee Mun Kong
I got this unit to even out the levels in poorly produced podcasts. While I was excited to start using it, the compression operation became intermittent after a few days of use. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Army
Really great and easy to use for home system. Keep 'threshold' all the way to the left. Went through 3 different crappy brands (reduce Loud TV Commercial stuff) before I invested... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SandySocks
I did not expect much but it's pretty bad. What seems to be going on is the limiter has a very fast attack... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Natalie
works great with my 5 port switch to keep music levels balanced when switching from tv to dvd to laptop and so onPublished 4 months ago by Eric D Meehl
Other limiter I have works better. But this seems to help and doesn't add any weird noises when doing it's job. Hard to find great instructions for this. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Duha
Stuck it between my TV and stereo to even out movie audio for late night viewing. Normally If volume is up too high, the explosions wake everyone else up, if you turn it down so... Read morePublished 12 months ago by KD