Compression. I have been trying to get my head around it. When I use compression on my drum parts ect I always get scared of 'over compressing' them and sucking the life out of the sound so I tend to find my self using the same compression settings for everything which I know isn't right. I play around then always get drawn back to that subtle compression of very low ratio, slow attack and fast release with threshold of about 12, just because it sounds like its hitting hard there. I know with these settings very little compression is going on at all. But when I 'compress the shit' out of the parts like everyone loves to talk about on here The sound looses that crispness and bite, to me it just sounds like a knocking piece of shit lol. I'm obviously doing it wrong? I know there are probably loads of threads about this but I just wanted to make this specific to what I'm looking to learn. So any help will be much appreciated. I know it depends on what sound your trying to get but what general compression settings would you use on these individual parts? Kick: Snare & Percs: Sub & Bass sounds: Synths: ALSO WOULD YOU BOTHER TO COMPRESS THE FOLLOWING? Hats & Cyms: Pads & Atmos: And if you find a really meaty sounding kick and your happy with how it punches you would you bother trying to compress it any further?