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Best of Compression

PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:23 pm
by awjoe
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?

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:59 am
by Mixedup
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

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:02 am
by Mixedup

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:44 am
by alexis
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!

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:35 am
by Matt Houghton
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

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:17 am
by awjoe
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

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:18 am
by Mixedup
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/

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:21 am
by Mixedup
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

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:10 am
by Mixedup
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/

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:25 pm
by Darren Lynch
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

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:42 pm
by awjoe

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:41 am
by ConcertinaChap
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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:21 pm
by Gone To Lunch

Re: Best of Compression

PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:03 am
by awjoe