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Old 7th November 2019
Lives for gear

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...