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Originally Posted by MoltenVoltage View Post
I've read more than once that Steve Albini claims to avoid compression.

"There will occasionally be compression on individual instruments in the mix, but not often. I don't normally try to get rid of wild dynamics."

Even on kick drums he says "I'll occasionally compress the front bass-drum microphone while recording, in the same way as the bass guitar, at a low ratio of a couple of dBs."

Listening to In Utero and some of his other masterworks, it seems like he's not being totally forthcoming. In Utero has good dynamics, but no "wild dynamics" and sounds like compressors and limiters are all over it.

Am I way off base here?
Don't forget - the final mix you hear has another element - mastering. Could be that the mix delivered to the ME is not all that compressed, and that the ME smashes the crap out of it. You can usually tell - even in these circumstances - whether or not the mix eng used a lot of comp - but sometimes it's not that easy to tell.