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Compression sounds quiet

Postby ColbyKeyz » Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:42 pm

I have been using the compressors inside Logic Pro X and everytime I A/B it sounds way louder without compression (gain is matched)
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Re: Compression sounds quiet

Postby desmond » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:23 pm

Compression reduces the dynamic range, so a compressed signal will be quieter. You then use the make up gain control to add gain so the peaks are more or less back up to where they were, but the audio is now louder overall.

So if you're reducing/compressing the peaks by say 3dB, add 3dB of make up gain to compensate (Logic's compressor has an "auto-gain" control to do this automatically but it's a bit over-zealous so I suggest it's best left off in the main).
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Re: Compression sounds quiet

Postby CS70 » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:24 pm

Not sure about the specific plugin, but compression will make a track less loud by definition - compressing means reducing the volume when the signal goes over a given threshold (i.e. on the peaks).

It's only when you apply makeup gain that you'll raise up the entire signal. So if you bring the peaks where they were before compressing, the overall track will be louder.

EDIT: Desmond just beat me to it :)
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Re: Compression sounds quiet

Postby desmond » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:24 pm

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Re: Compression sounds quiet

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:38 pm

ColbyKeyz wrote:....everytime I A/B it sounds way louder without compression (gain is matched)

Then you're doing something very wrong.

Most likely you're not 'matching gain' in the way you think you are.
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