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Old 7th November 2019
  #10
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compression is just one of many tools (gain, level, pan, eq, lim, comp, exp, gate, all sorts of efx) which can help to shape the sound - if you 'need' ridiculous amonts of any of these however, you're in trouble and most likely missed to get decent sound on the way in!

there is a bit of a difference when using compression both on the way in and out as opposed to during mixing alone but i suggest you'll use it for tracking (on very specific sources) only if you got a very good reason to do so and apply it correctly...