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Old 2013-01-22, 09:44
JensenTNI JensenTNI is offline
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Another thread where the OP disappears after asking his question I'll put in my own 2 cent regardless.

I put a compressor on every single channel except if only two/three sounds play at the same time (and there's no base heavy sound playing), then there's no need. But whenever more tracks are involved, the many compressors remove unnecessary peaks in the mix. And I don't usually use compression on pads, more on shorter or transient rich sounds.

Saying that, all the compressor settings should be adjusted to what the material is asking for. Longer attack and short release on percussion, medium attack and release on vocals (however that is always a rather difficult area, there are no rights or wrongs really), fast attack on longer synth sounds and baselines with a moderate release etc.

And if you go down the route of using compression on every channel, use the effect rather sparingly on each except if it really sounds better full on.

As for the compression effect itself, what you need to realize is, that a fast attack can "eat" the start of your sound and a longer release on repeated sounds and vocals can also "eat" transients that would be needed to give it definition. I would really recommend taking up a book dedicated to mixing/compression to understand a compressor because unlike an EQ, a compressor usually works best when you don't hear it's effect, so it’s very hard to judge if/what you do wrong if you don't know what you want to achieve with it and how to go about it.

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