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How To Get THIS Compression Sound
Old 17th October 2018
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Listen to this track off the Ocean's 12 soundtrack: YouTube

I'm curious how to get the compression sound. It's on the drums in the first half of the song and the bass guitar in the second half. It sounds like they're going through a Dyna Comp pedal.

I tried to emulate on my own music with different compressor plugins (API 2500, SSL Bus Comp, DBX,) but I couldn't get that snappy/poppy sound, no matter how fast I set my attack and release. Someone tell me how to get it! Please. Thanks.
Old 17th October 2018
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Ah, those soundtracks were tracked and I think mixed by Hugo Nicolson along with David Holmes. Hugo is a great engineer.

On the drums, that sound is similar to Pye compressors or a vari mu-type working hard. You might be able to mimic it with a fast attack and release on a VCA or FET but those topologies usually get a little too gnarly to sound that pillowy. Try either a Pye, RS124 or Fairchild plugin and see how that goes.

The bass is in the way it's being played (staccato, with a lot of pick attack) plus dialing in the compressor to let just enough of the picking transient through at a high ratio so it feels even more "plucky." If you can listen closely, you'll hear the pick transient.

It also helps to parallel compress the bass and drums together sometimes - it creates a thick column of sound sometimes. Other times, it's a mess.
Old 18th October 2018
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Man that's a lot of "thwap". Not sure it actually sounds good, really.
Old 20th October 2018
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Sez you...
Sounds like the Boss CS-3 pedal, which imo is a little too artificial sounding. If people dig the sound though then smash away...
Old 21st October 2018
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Listen to this track off the Ocean's 12 soundtrack: YouTube

I'm curious how to get the compression sound. It's on the drums in the first half of the song and the bass guitar in the second half. It sounds like they're going through a Dyna Comp pedal.

I tried to emulate on my own music with different compressor plugins (API 2500, SSL Bus Comp, DBX,) but I couldn't get that snappy/poppy sound, no matter how fast I set my attack and release. Someone tell me how to get it! Please. Thanks.
Well, you couldn't get this sound w/ acoustic (real) drums. It's so extreme it would only work with isolated elements. Not sure if the bass is real either.

Have you tried the Arousor on the rivet ratio, w/ attack and release on zero?
Or any of those plugs that try to emulate that Distressor nuke sound?

Perhaps you should present this sound to Dave Derr on the Arousor thread.
Old 21st October 2018
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Originally Posted by danielkov86 View Post
Listen to this track off the Ocean's 12 soundtrack: YouTube

I'm curious how to get the compression sound. It's on the drums in the first half of the song and the bass guitar in the second half. It sounds like they're going through a Dyna Comp pedal.

I tried to emulate on my own music with different compressor plugins (API 2500, SSL Bus Comp, DBX,) but I couldn't get that snappy/poppy sound, no matter how fast I set my attack and release. Someone tell me how to get it! Please. Thanks.
Vulf Compressor is probably the snappiest compressor in existence for drums (especially if you turn up the 'Digital Ref Level' in the advanced section). Not sure if that's what they used here, but it's certainly possible, perhaps in parallel with the dry signal.

Old 22nd October 2018
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Vulf Compressor is probably the snappiest compressor in existence for drums (especially if you turn up the 'Digital Ref Level' in the advanced section). Not sure if that's what they used here, but it's certainly possible, perhaps in parallel with the dry signal.

This is AWESOME.
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