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    Q. Should I compress at the recording stage?

    I’m seeing a lot of conflicting advice about using compression while recording. Some swear by it while others say it’s completely unnecessary with 24‑bit recording and modern converters. Where do you stand on this?

    Sound Advice . Jul 2022
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    Standard Audio Level-Or Mk2 Dual hardware limiter distortion

    Standard Audio Level-Or Mk2 Dual

    Dual channel version of 500 series limiter/distortion unit

    Standard Audio's Level-Or Mk2 Dual is a JFET limiter and distortion unit based on the Shure Level-Loc PA limiter. 

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    NAMM 2022 - Heritage Audio

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    Heritage Audio were at NAMM 2022, showing their new replicas of Fairchild compressors and a Motown EQ. 

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    NAMM 2022 - PYE PWM Compressor

    Video report

    We get the details on a new replica of a long-discontinued PWM Compressor. 

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    STL ControlHub plug-in

    STL Tones release ControlHub

    Amp modelling specialists turn their attention to mixing

    STL Tones have used their amp modelling technology to create a plug-in that emulates entire recording signal chains.

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    Heritage Audio Herchild 670 compressor

    Heritage Audio announce Herchild 660 & 670

    Modern alternative to sought-after vintage compressors

    Heritage Audio have introduced two new hardware compressors, providing modern recreations of incredibly rare and sought-after devices. 

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    Source Audio Atlas Compressor guitar pedal

    Source Audio launches Atlas Compressor

    New pedal features six compression styles and MIDI connectivity

    Source Audio's new compression pedal packs in an array of features, with even more in-depth control on offer via their software editor. 

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    Superbooth 2022 - DOCtron Instant Mastering Channel

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    The Instant Mastering Channel from DOCtron combines an EQ, a VCA compressor and a drive stage into a lightweight and portable unit. 

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    SSL The Bus+

    The Bus+ from SSL

    Read our exclusive first review!

    New stereo analogue processor offers compression, dynamic EQ & more.

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    Gainlab Audio Dictator Dual Mono

    Gainlab release Dictator Dual Mono

    Twin-channel valve compressor unveiled

    Hungarian outboard makers launch twin-channel version of their classy Dictator stereo compressor.

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    Dynamics: Back To Basics

    Leader

    When it comes to dynamics processing, we’ve never had it so good. Once upon a time, even the largest studios had only basic...

    People Nov 2021
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    Compression: What Do All Those Knobs Do?

    How To Make Compressors Do What You Want

    Dynamics processing is a core mixing technique, but it’s often misunderstood. We explain how to make a compressor do what you want it to!

    Techniques Nov 2021
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    Rockruepel Sidechain.one

    Rockruepel Sidechain.one

    Sidechain filtering made easy!

    Innovative compressor features low- and high-pass key signal filtering.

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    API Select

    API launch new Select brand

    Valve & solid-state devices unveiled

    API Select range comprises valve compressor and preamp, solid-state compressor and EQ, and two guitar pedals.

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    McDSP Royal Mu & Royal Q

    NAMM 2021: Two new APB processors from McDSP

    Royal Mu & Royal Q will be free to registered owners

    Royal Mu compressor and Royal Q equaliser join the APB module line-up.

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    Gainlab Audio Dictator

    Gainlab Audio launch with two studio racks

    Compressor and EQ unveiled

    Hungarian startup company unveil valve compressor and EQ.

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    Rupert Neve Designs MBC

    Rupert Neve Designs announce MBC

    Stereo conversion, limiting and saturation in a 1U rack

    The newest rack from the RND stable combines stereo A-D conversion, limiting and saturation processing.

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    How And When To Use Multiband Compression

    Mix Processing Benefits

    Multiband compressors offer unique advantages over their broadband cousins — but they also present some perilous pitfalls for the unwary.

    Techniques Aug 2020
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    Three Ways To Compress Snare - Mike Senior | Podcast

    Expert Tracking & Mixing Tips

    Compression can do radically different things to the sound of a snare drum, depending on how it's set up. In this episode, Mike Senior explores three ways in which a compressor can help bring your snare tracks to life.

    Techniques Jun 2020
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    Rupert Neve Designs release 500-series diode bridge compressor

    535 is based on Shelford Channel dynamics circuit

    The 535 Diode Bridge Compressor module is based on the dynamics circuit found in the Shelford Channel, the channel strip RND released last year that was itself something of a Neve greatest hits collection.

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    Q. Is a compressor’s Hold control different from its Release?

    I thought I had a handle on this, but seem to have a hard time understanding the difference between a compressor’s ‘Hold’ and its ‘Release’. Can you help explain?

    Sound Advice Mar 2017

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