Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Dialling in a compressor
1: set threshold as high as it can go (so that it doesn't effect audio at all), set ratio to max (10:1 or higher), set attack to as slow as possible, set release to as fast as possible.
2: turn down the threshold until you see some moderate gain reduction (in the range of -6 to -10).
3: Dial the attack back until you hear it catch the front of the note the way you want it.
4: Dial the release up until it releases the way you want it.
5: dial the Ratio back to a comfortable/appropriate level - think of the ratio like an aperture on a camera: how much of the image do you want in focus?
6: reign in the Threshold until it sounds perfect.