Originally Posted by thefridge
Eureka, I begin to understand. having a (identical?) pair of these rcl-10's to play with was my downfall. Of course the first one I tried to work with gave me no joy because it was faulty!! I swapped units, and hay presto it works! All the parameters give the expected outcome-as described, now comes the hard part- knowing when and where to use it (just like life) Much is made of the individual sound of a compressor, so what am I listening(looking) for in terms of tonal difference as this unit operates, on say a good drumkit in a big room (seems to squash the kick and snare together) versus say a nice acoustic guitar up close? what are the sounds,tones etc that I should be trying to enhance, or otherwise modify? sorry to be such a newb! Cheers,and thanks
While compressors are often advertised as "reducing dynamic range" that's not really what they are used for in practice generally. It's not as if they are used to make your verse volume match your chorus volume with no other effect on the sound...for that, you would use fader riding. Instead, compression is used to alter the envelope of a sound...i.e. give the sound more sustain, slower decay, slower attack (with less transient) or faster attack (with more transient "punch"). Ironically, setting a compressor with faster attack gives the sound a slower attack...this is because the compressor operates in a downward fashion, reducing the level of signal as it operates, only increasing it via make-up gain.
So what you're looking for is "fullness" of the sound, or "hugeness". You are looking to not "miss" notes that are lower in level during a phrase, without "squashing' the louder notes too much. You are looking to either add punch or take away transient annoyance. You get there by exaggerating the effect via a high ratio so you can hear it easily, then backing down the ratio till it's seamless.