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Best of Compression

Postby awjoe » Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:23 pm

Here's an experiment - a holdall thread for any/all really useful articles/threads about compression. I'll start with Hugh's article on parallel compression. Those ladder diagrams did more to help me understand it than anything.

http://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/ ... ompression

ps Sure, I could simply bookmark stuff as I come across it, but this way, it's a group resource.

pps We can limit it to SOS, or take the whole Internet as our oyster. Whatcha think?
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Re: Best of Compression

Postby Mixedup » Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:59 am

I'll stick with SOS for now, with a few Mike Senior articles, but I don't see why we shouldn't cast the net wider...

The Classic Compressors piece was decent:

http://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/classic-compressors

Compression Made Easy, for beginners:

http://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/compression-made-easy

Brauer-style compression (for Cubase but applies more generally):

http://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/advanced-vocal-compression
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Re: Best of Compression

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Re: Best of Compression

Postby alexis » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:44 am

You guys have already linked to all the SOS compression classics I had in mind (and then some) ... I am bereft!

Great idea, awjoe, thanks for starting this!
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Re: Best of Compression

Postby Matt Houghton » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:35 am

And here's a useful explanation by Marc Mozart of why 'classic' compressors are often chosen for their harmonic distortions as much as (or more than) for their gain-reduction characteristics:

http://www.mixedbymarcmozart.com/2014/10/23/compression-think-part-1-music-tube-compressor-royal-harmonics/

And a short but handy video by Hannes Bieger explaining the basics of drum compression:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxjWGp4egFU
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Re: Best of Compression

Postby awjoe » Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:17 am

I'm posting this here because it has useful information for people at my level. Compression on the master bus.

http://www.soundonsound.com/forum/viewt ... 16&t=54555
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Re: Best of Compression

Postby Mixedup » Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:18 am

I found this one interesting. It's a long and complicated explanation, but essentially a way of handling compression on sources where the level is massively different in different sections of a song. And essentially the answer is to use parallel compression followed by conventional compression, with each compressor set to target either the loud or quiet sections but not both. It's rather easier in software these days!

http://tapeop.com/tutorials/61/two-stage-compression/
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Re: Best of Compression

Postby Mixedup » Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:21 am

And here's the Dave Rat (Red Hot Chili Peppers) strategy for live-sound group/buss compression, making it easy to react to the changing song levels throughout the set. No reason you couldn't use this tactic for mixing a gig recording for similar reasons...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMMmR1u0CFk
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Re: Best of Compression

Postby Mixedup » Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:10 am

And while this focuses on a single compressor plug-in (TDR Kotelnikov — there's a free version, but some of this is relevant only to the paid GE version), the explanations given tell you an awful lot about how compressors work and what they can do other than make the fader go up and down! Includes audio examples too...

http://www.tokyodawn.net/advanced-trickery-with-tdr-kotelnikov/
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Re: Best of Compression

Postby Darren Lynch » Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:25 pm

Mixedup wrote:And while this focuses on a single compressor plug-in (TDR Kotelnikov — there's a free version, but some of this is relevant only to the paid GE version), the explanations given tell you an awful lot about how compressors work and what they can do other than make the fader go up and down! Includes audio examples too...

http://www.tokyodawn.net/advanced-trickery-with-tdr-kotelnikov/

Hey, thanks for pointing out this feature. Kotelnikov does sound really great, even in its freeware version. Nice to have the crest factor control explained
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Re: Best of Compression

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:41 am

Nothing to contribute but thanks for for a very good idea for a thread, which I've duly bookmarked and will follow up some of those links.

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Re: Best of Compression

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