While I joined this forum in Oct 08 I had been a diligent reader for over a year before that and I know that questions regarding compression are almost as ubiquitous as which microphone should I buy or drum mic placement questions. I have read nearly every posting there is including the sticky with TheRealShotgun's excellent response, a slew of online articles and feel that I have a decent theorectical understanding of the controls involved. I have experimented myself with somewhat disappointing results. What I was hoping is that one or two of the more experienced audio engineers might post some 10 sec wav. files of raw and compressed examples, like say a snare, a bass line, perhaps a vocal. Perhaps even some examples of over-compressed files. The problem I seem to be having is not knowing exactly what it is I should be listening for. I was hoping to help train my ear. I hope that this does not come off as rude or snobbish but if you don't have ten years plus experience and are not really an engineer full time I would rather you did not reply. I know that this is a time consuming request requiring more than simply typing a quick reply and if necessary I would be glad to pay for this I really just need some help here. The two professional engineers I would trust in this are not very local and both (Thank God) are very busy. When I was working with both of them and when they have crtiqued some of my work I was told I had a very good ear but that is mostly in balance mixing and EQ which I have a strong background in from doing live sound. Thanks in advance to anyone who has the time to respond.