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Old 8th September 2015
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Originally Posted by miguellacorte View Post
I have a question about compressing. Why does is sometimes outputs more volume? i mean, isn't the the compressor's job to lover the volume of the signal? i know that The threshold will be the "ceiling" that will determine the compressor when to lower the volume, and the ratio will determine how much to lower it. for example in a vocal, i thought that the compressors job was to lower the highest peaks, but is it actually to average the difference between the lowest signal and the highest?

is this true?: the compressors outputs more volume because it sometimes doesn't lower the highest peaks, but rather, make the lowest peaks be more hearable.
You're decreasing the dynamic range between the lowest and the highest peaks so in essence you actually are raising the dynamic range of everything because everything is closer together in dynamic range. The average volume is going to increase where the peak will stay at wherever you have your threshold set to.