To wrap things up regarding compressors, I will offer 3 Dos and Don’ts as my final word for now. These are things to always keep in mind when working with compressors. Some may have been previously stated in an earlier blog post. DO avoid using extreme settings to begin with, if you are just trying to control the dynamics. DON’T add compression to every channel by default. Start off with minimal compression, and carefully choose where to add compressors. DO
As you get better with compressors, you will start playing with other knobs and features. One of these is the knee. The knee refers to when and how the ratio starts to change when the compressor starts to take effect. A ‘hard knee’ means the compression becomes immediately active as soon as the input signal hits the threshold. A ‘soft knee’ means the compression becomes audible more gradually. A ‘soft knee’ also means that gentle compression starts happening further below the
Today I’m going to go a little deeper into how compressors work. But first, I want you to do an experiment. This experiment will allow you to SEE what a compressor does. When I did this, things started to become a lot clearer for me. We have to listen differently when it comes to compressors. We are not listening for frequency, we are listening to dynamic changes (amplitude, loudness).
For this experiment it would be better to use a bass track. The reason for this is one, we