Compressing a dry piano recording

smoothassilk

Active Member
VIP Junglist
Messages
720
Likes
174
#1
Any specific advice?
Currently got a threshold of -13.5, ratio 5:1, attack 9ms, release 50ms.
It sounds really quiet without any compression.
 

Mania

i fukin wot m8
VIP Junglist
Messages
1,532
Likes
428
#4
Any specific advice?
Currently got a threshold of -13.5, ratio 5:1, attack 9ms, release 50ms.
It sounds really quiet without any compression.
The attack and release sound about right.
If its weak, try EQ and parallel compression, and a bit of drive. Should sort it out.
And remember multiband compression works wonders on piano and strings
 

Dark Lizardro

The Lizard that has a hammer
Tribal Leader
VIP Junglist
Messages
4,416
Likes
1,161
#5
No rules as above, just bounce out and check the waveforms if your ears are lying to you
I don't want to start an argument here, but you can't make music by checking waveforms. How the hell are we supposed to know if a piano's sound is ok, just by looking at it's waveform?
 

subprime

Dysjoint
VIP Junglist
Messages
3,083
Likes
94
#6
I don't want to start an argument here, but you can't make music by checking waveforms. How the hell are we supposed to know if a piano's sound is ok, just by looking at it's waveform?
I check the waveform all the time for everything ( I work in audio a lot), you can tell a lot about the dynamics and transients. Resampling bass you can see where to look for interesting bits or clean subby bits just by looking at the waveform. Of course you use your ears as well but just saying.
 
Messages
105
Likes
25
#7
With compression referencing the waveform is essential for me. My ears aren't trained well enough to hear the subtle changes. i'm learning as i go so maybe one day i'll hear it, but until then i'm using my eyes and an oscilloscope.
 

iTMO

New Member
Messages
4
Likes
0
#8
Just don't compress to much as all the background noises will be louder and you loose your dynamics. For the rest, train and trust your ears.
 

RUSSLA

Technique
VIP Junglist
Messages
6,466
Likes
1,093
#9
I check the waveform all the time for everything ( I work in audio a lot), you can tell a lot about the dynamics and transients. Resampling bass you can see where to look for interesting bits or clean subby bits just by looking at the waveform. Of course you use your ears as well but just saying.
With compression referencing the waveform is essential for me. My ears aren't trained well enough to hear the subtle changes. i'm learning as i go so maybe one day i'll hear it, but until then i'm using my eyes and an oscilloscope.
These reasons

I don't want to start an argument here, but you can't make music by checking waveforms. How the hell are we supposed to know if a piano's sound is ok, just by looking at it's waveform?
 
Top