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Source Material for Testing Compressors

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:23 pm
by ITHertz
Hi,

I recently picked up the Flux Studio Session Pack which contains several dynamics tools. The two compressors (Pure Compressor, Syrah) have a wider range of controls than standard compressors and I'm looking to get my head around how they work and what they're useful for.

I'd like to put together a set of "challenging" test files - content that is difficult to compress without artefacts or pumping.

All suggestions welcome!

Cheers,

Chris

Re: Source Material for Testing Compressors

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:03 am
by ITHertz
Bump!

Anyone got any suggestions?

Re: Source Material for Testing Compressors

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:37 am
by blinddrew
Might be worth looking at the 'free library of multitracks' in the sticky at the top of this section. There's probably some stuff in there that's well recorded and with a high dynamic range that should be suitable.

Re: Source Material for Testing Compressors

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:19 am
by Wonks
'Pumping' will always be dependent on your compressor settings, but I'd have thought is more likely to occur on mixed tracks than individual ones, apart maybe on keyboard tracks with different bass and treble parts. The heavier the compression, the more likely you are to get audible artefacts and pumping.

So either just back-off the compression level on a mix, or else go back and sort out the individual tracks to minimise the need for compression. And use filtered side-chaining to stop loud bass notes triggering the compressor (unless you want it to).