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Old 24th June 2014
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Traditional orchestral recordings are typically not overly compressed, if at all. Film scores are another story, especially using sample libraries. Sometimes the levels have to be manilpulated for the usage in the scene, so compression would help drive up the average level to something more uniform and easier to work with. It helps to work with the video rather than blind. If there is no video just try to make it as dynamic as possible.

On the other hand, film music trailers are usually squashed to all holy hell. If you want it to be like that, go nuts.