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compressors for guitar and drum tracks

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Unregistered, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Hey I'm pretty new to this and i've just started using some compressors on some guitar and drum tracks i've recorded I don't know where to start. Please help! I usually just set the threshold low and turn and turn up the input til i hear it working. Btw, if I want to limit the kick drum i just set the ratio above 10:1? I heard that somewhere. I really need to know how to use these things.

  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
    To know how to compress you must first know why you want to compress. What are you hearing that you think can be improved with compression?
  3. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    In addition to one of the funniest posts by Shotgun, there is some incredible info here


    Read, experiment, re-read and learn grasshopper.
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    That thread is positively classic! Shotgun was surely one-of-a-kind...
    FYI to the poster: You're doing it all wrong. Yes, limiting generally means a higher ratio, but with a HIGH threshold that will only respond to the "peaks" that can overload the system. Keeping the threshold "low" and driving the source's level into the compressor will just force it to work harder and that can make it even nastier to correct later on. A little bit goes a long way, as they say.

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