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Old 9th May 2006
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Compressor question. Bring the noise!

Most compressor theory talks about how compressors bring up the noise floor. I dont get that. Is this a perceived effect or real. Please dont answer "perception is reality." What I dont get is that if the compressor is only supposed to kick in at the threshold and not mess with what's below, then how does that make sense. I got an answer once that a softknee anticipates the threshold a little bit, but what if its a hard knee? I could see if the threshold was around the level of noise how this would make sense, but outside of the softknee explanation I dont get this comment about bringing up the noise floor.