Originally Posted by Quad
im not tryin to make my instrumentals increasingly loud, but i want it to be on par with the preset volume of my monitors, rather than jus turning it up for my work, and then turning it down to listen to other music, so im trying to raise the volume without peaking the red of my master volume
not sure using a comp just for makeup gain is necessarily using it to it fullest.
reread what lucey said and think about it
Originally Posted by lucey
thresh = where it starts to work
ratio = how many db's is reduced per db over the threshold. high ratio is more aggressive, low ratio is more smooth.
in book theory ...
10:1 = a signal 10 db over the threshold level results in 1db over and 9db of reduction. that's aggressive
2:1 = a signal 2 db over threshold results in 1db over and 1db of reduction
... that's gentle.
yet all compressors are different, and use your ears anyway.
attack = how soon after going over threshold does it begin to compress
release = how long after the signal falls under the threshold does it take to fully let go
Advice? pick a ratio, play with the threshold, play with attack and then release. Repeat.
now play with it as has been suggested.
sometimes one must train their ears to hear.