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Old 7th August 2005
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Originally Posted by AB3
I noticed the recent responses to "what is on your 2 buss" indicate "nothing" in order to respect the mastering process...
There are some real good reasons to not get carried away with 2-buss compression but "respecting" or even considering the mastering process at all is NOT one of them!

The one thing that I think is worth leaving off is the final peak limiting. This is simply because the final level can change a bit depending on each song's position in an album or a compilation.

The reason I say to not get carried away with two-buss compression is that a musical balance that depends on compression is likely to change unfavorably when the song gets compressed additionally in mastering and broadcasting. I suppose in some ways heavy 2-buss compression makes a good test of a mix but I tend to leave it off on the final.