basics of compression

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  1. sotalex

    sotalex man your battlestations

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    That s(M)exoscope vst (link at the bottom of the dogsonacid page) is pretty cool. Like they say, it helps to actually see what the compression is doing to the wave form.
    Damn, I've just been playing with compressor settings for an hour since I read that article.
     
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    sam the dnb man Variation

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    I rarely use compression I end up doing it manually by automating the gain and eqing it.
     
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    RevTech Butthole=output transduce

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    I love compression on everything mostly but the main mix. I leave that up to the mastering people and all.
     
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    Whys this? I wouldnt say its needed if I'm honest
     
  7. sook

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    epic task...

    compression is really useful...
    you want a high RMS and fairly
    low dynamic range in a full spectrum
    dance tune... compression is
    your friend...
     
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    groelle Well-Known Member

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    really useful read. thanks a bunch mate!

    and i didnt test this vst as of yet, do you lot recommend it?
     
  9. subprime

    subprime Dysjoint

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    It's free mate, so no harm in trying it out. It's just a help to see things visually sometimes. I know music's about the ears and listening and all that, but I find seeing things helps me to understand what I'm hearing.
    More experienced folks might not have the need for it.
     
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    T Leaf Neighbourhood Sickhead

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    wait what?

    you actually want low dynamic range?

    why?

    i always struggle to find as much dynamic range as possible within a tune.
     
  11. sook

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    most definitely...
    it wont stand up to other
    tunes in the mix otherwise...

    the loudest elements in your mix might...
    but sounds will become lost in the background
    against a weighty tune...

    on the dancefloor i want my beats
    to jump out of the speakers and
    eat people alive...

    hi RMS low dynmaic range all the
    way...
     
  12. chromey

    chromey a.k.a Impact

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    The compressor that gets mentioned in the DOA PDF is Gcomp, found here:
    http://www.gvst.co.uk/gcomp.htm

    The visual feedback window in the VST is useful to understand how the compression affects the waveform, but trust your ears as to wether it sounds good or not.
     
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    always trust your ears but...
    i like a good visual indicator for
    gain reduction on a compressor...
    one the few types of processing
    i think really needs that visual
    element...

    i find VU styled meters best as
    they give a better indication of
    average volume...

    fav soft compressors...

    Waves API 2500...
    Waves SSL G Bus Comp....
    Sony Oxford Dynamics...

    API and SSL colour the sound so nicely...
    but Sony is great for ultra transparent
    processing...
     
  14. RevTech

    RevTech Butthole=output transduce

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    Maybe it's taste. Though, I think compression makes somethig cut thru a mix better. Plus if you want something punchy, a shirt attack works great!