You are here

Source Material for Testing Compressors

For everything after the recording stage: hardware/software and how you use it.

Source Material for Testing Compressors

Postby ITHertz » Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:23 pm

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
ITHertz
Regular
Posts: 101
Joined: Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:00 am

Re: Source Material for Testing Compressors

Postby ITHertz » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:03 am

Bump!

Anyone got any suggestions?
ITHertz
Regular
Posts: 101
Joined: Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:00 am

Re: Source Material for Testing Compressors

Postby blinddrew » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:37 am

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.
User avatar
blinddrew
Jedi Poster
Posts: 8286
Joined: Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:00 am
Location: York
Ignore the post count, I have no idea what I'm doing...

Re: Source Material for Testing Compressors

Postby Wonks » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:19 am

'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).
User avatar
Wonks
Jedi Poster
Posts: 9767
Joined: Thu May 29, 2003 12:00 am
Location: Reading, UK
Correcting mistakes on the internet since 1853


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users