An incredibly good tutorial on compression

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An incredibly good tutorial on compression

Post by Jurassik » Mon Jul 11, 2005 1:16 pm

http://www.computermusic.co.uk/tutorial/effects1/1.asp

Tells you all the right levels for compressing drums, bass, vocals and overall mix. Done wonders for my tunes! :D
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Post by _OhGee » Mon Jul 11, 2005 1:51 pm

cheers for that, very informative! 8)
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Post by dopamine » Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:00 pm

I have issues with that article. 5ms attack for a kick? I prefer closer to 20-25 for my kicks....
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Post by Jurassik » Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:47 pm

Really?

well it certainly made my beats shoot out of the mix really nicely. any reason why, out of interest?
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Post by dopamine » Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:56 pm

You need to give it some time to let the body of the kick through before you squash the life out of it otherwise you wind up with really snappy kicks which do cut through a mix nicely but are short and "small" sounding. Try lengthening the attack a little and you'll hear a touch more "boom" on your kicks. Attack times vary for different kicks and compressors but in my experience - 5ms is too short. I prefer to slightly under compress kicks in the mixing stage anyway and boost the level slightly as mastering will compress them further and sort them out.
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Post by Jurassik » Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:21 am

interesting... any other aspects of the tutorial you think might be open to alternatives?

nice one

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Post by Wax equestriaN » Wed Jul 13, 2005 3:27 am

Jurassik and Dopamine

i fucking love you both


i've been trying to get my head round this for ages now.

just applied the techniques to my latest track and it's really made it 'shine'

it's 3am, i'm working fairly quietly but i can still hear and feel the difference in the whole sound

top banana

matt - i will be mailing uploading a new version soon for your critique

please check your mail soon.
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Post by dopamine » Wed Jul 13, 2005 6:04 am

Ben, yes actually I also think 10ms release is too short as well. I usually go for around 50 - 80ms!
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