Discussion in 'Mastering Engineers Forum' started by goodge, Oct 22, 2006.
Thanks for the time Ryan
But seriously... use your ears and twist the knobs. Keep in mind that attack, release, ratio and threshold all do different things, so you must know what to listen for.... Once you know what to listen for, your mixing will improve by 156%. 8)
I have been exploring compression settings but would still like to have another persons view to compare with as i am never usually entirely happy with end compression results.
As mentioned in the previous post, I think the key is to study the common settings on most compressors (attack, release, etc.). Once you have a firm grasp of that, you can listen to your sound and decide how you want to change it dynamically.
Since this is the mastering section, there are some very good posts that discuss the common problems that can occur with overcompression, especially on the stereo bus. Compression can be a great tool, but I think it's important to understand what it's doing to avoid some of the pitfalls. At that point, you will likely develop your own settings for your style of mixing.
I have noticed that people seem to confuse mastering with mixing and tracking, for whatever reason. But, this is the MASTERING forum so, you should post this question to the RECORDING STUDIO forum.
Also, there has been plenty written about this. Do a search and you'll see.
Thanks for the info people.
Seriously there is no such thing as normal compressor settings. Every song every setup is different so the best thing to do is to get out a song you know well and play with the settings until it sounds good to you.
Do a search here for suggestions and there are lot of things posted on the web as well if you are interested in reading them
Some examples http://www.pcmus.com/compressors.htm
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to web sites that you can visit to learn about compressors and setting for them.
Hope this helps...
Thanks Thomas for the help.
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