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Compression using spaced pair technique - channel insert?

If I am recording using a spaced pair Micing setup and I want light compression on both mics, would the serious studio engineer use two seperate compressors as inserts on two seperate channels on the mixing desk or are there compressors out there capable of dealing with two inputs and which have two outputs?

Or would you somehow send the post fade stereo signal into one compressor before sending it to whatever recording medium you are using (in my case the hard drive)?

I'm confused about how to apply compression the best.


AudioGaff Mon, 08/09/2004 - 10:15

The best way for you to apply compression is the way it sounds best to you. Using a group or sub bus or via each channel insert is something you need to try and see what works best for you. No shortcuts.

While in many cases a dual channel compressor with both channels parameters linked would be best for stable image, I have found times when independant control has worked better. I would likely play it safe and record two channels with very little to no compression and then add more if needed later in mixing/editing. Or if you have the tracks and gear, record two tracks dry and two other tracks with compression and then edit/mix after to get the best.