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Im having distortion problems on my microphones, how do I activate the compressor on my mixer?

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You can't activate something you don't have. The XENYX do not have compressors built in.

If you are getting mic distortion you are not properly setting up the mics.

You one at a time press the PFL down and have someone yell at the mic the loudest they will ever be. You adjust the trim control for that mic to be below the clip on the LED display. The you turn that PFL off and go to the next mic.

From that point all mic adjustments are from the slider. If you can't get enough gain, then back off ALL the other non-mic inputs and crank up the main slider and/or the power amp gains.

You have to learn to balance all the gains.

There are instruction videos on YouTube under "Soundboard".

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