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Understanding Unity Gain: Waves H-Comp screenshot
Understanding Unity Gain: Waves H-Comp screenshot

Understanding Unity Gain

Steve LaCerra
Theory and Practice

The concept of unity gain is deceptively simple: when the output level from a device is equal to the input to that device, you have achieved unity gain. It’s like a high level of Audio Zen, only better. When we say “device,” we can be referring to a hardware device or a plug-in — the concept applies equally in the analog and digital domains. The problem is that most “devices” are intended to mangle audio in some way or another, and that’s where simplicity goes out the window. Let’s look at a few examples.

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Mixes at the 1,800-seat Christian Life Assembly (Camp Hill, PA) on an Allen & Heath dLive console can range from a praise band and choir to full orchestra.
Mixes at the 1,800-seat Christian Life Assembly (Camp Hill, PA) on an Allen & Heath dLive console can range from a praise band and choir to full orchestra.

Sound for Traditional Worship

Vince Lepore
Sound Sanctuary

Here’s something that you may find hard to believe: Many churches, my own included, still hold regular Traditional Worship services, and many congregants still prefer Traditional Worship over Contemporary Worship. Shocking, I know. Oddly enough, there’s a contingent of young worshippers at my church that attend Traditional Worship rather than Contemporary. They go against the grain of the average 30-something Contemporary devotees.

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

Person of the Year

Baker Lee
FOH at Large

I find it ironic and fitting that our president came in second place when Time magazine named the “Silence Breakers” as person of the year. The coveted title and cover of the magazine is usually reserved for public figures — such as world leaders and great innovators — and, not surprisingly, every four years, the magazine cover is delegated to the president-elect of the United States.

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