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Old 3rd May 2003
Gear Head

Distressors on the mix buss

Dave's recommendations for using the distressors across a mix are the only way it has worked for me (and we came to this independently). Absolutely slowest attack and, for me fastest release (or close). Only light a few lights, tops. This also works well across a drum buss. When it works right, it can really bring forward a lot of smaller (especially percussive) details. Try it on a track w/ lots of percussion. It really can make it snap! It also lets you get a few extra db to dig, if you're mixing back to PT or something.

Not really great for r n' b type of stuff where you want the kick to lead big. Then again, heavy program compression NEVER has worked real well for me on that type of stuff.