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.

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