compressors for guitar and drum tracks
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.
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?
In addition to one of the funniest posts by Shotgun, there is some incredible info here
Read, experiment, re-read and learn grasshopper.
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.