Hi everyone, first post here, hopefully you can help me out a little. I have a fair bit of experience doing amature recording, and am pretty well versed in the use of audio gear, and the physics of audio (the old Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook is my bible), so I don't think this is a total newbie question. I did check through the stickie'd thread on compression to see if this had already been answered, but I didn't see it there. I apologize in advance if this is something you hear once a month! Q: What situations/desired results would actually benifit from the use of hard knee comp rather than soft? I know the most correct answer is "whatever sounds best for that track in that song" but I've been doing a lot of experimenting lately, and even when testing myself by closing my eyes and pressing the soft knee button until I loose track of which setting I started on - I have a hard time telling the two apart unless I had my threshold really low and ratio really high (practically like a limiter). When I can tell them apart (but cannot tell which is which...) and pick the one I prefer, I always end up having picked the soft knee setting. And sometimes I just cannot hear any difference whatsoever. In theory (meaning my guessing), I cannot think of a situation that wouldn't benifit from soft knee, it seems to always make things sound more natural and less obviously compressed. So this really becomes two different questions for me. 1: Does anyone actually prefer hard knee in certain situations? 2: If I (or you or whoever) am compressing a track and I don't think I can hear the difference between the two - which do I pick as a default? I've really tried to figure this out myself both through reasoning about it and listening carefully over and over, but I cannot figure it out. Thanks for your help!