Originally Posted by androne
Apart from how it sounds, I wonder how do you guys test a compressor you get to demo ?
By signing and playing through device
What are typical settings to start ?
All settings are typical, a results - not always. It`s depends from singer and player most
How do you check its full working range ?
By sound generator and scope, distortion meter (all ananlogue). Btw, working range of sound path, side chain, or...? dynamical, compression range ot freq. range?
Meanwhile, another and main question - what for?
Each musician or producer/sound engineer make testings in own way (very individual sometimes as well as playing on musical instruments for instance) and typical recommendations can`t help here. A typical recommendations - typical standard music - typical opinion - typical mistakes. A measuring tools can represent perfect results, but sound can be horrible as well as perfect sounding device can have a doubtful results durings measurements.
Meanwhile, a hi-end equipment are intended to produce not typical results actually, and mass market products are suitable for it much more.