Compression Question

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  1. chawley80

    chawley80 Guest

    i'm new to using compressors. i understand the concept and what they do, just not sure how to get it done. let's say i plug a compressor in to my firestudio 26x26, i've always heard it's better to use compression at the mixing stage. cause once something is compressed during recording it's a done deal. but, here is what i need to know. how does the external compressor work with the firestudio and DAW at the mixing stage? how do i apply compression to the already recorded track? this is what i'm confused about.
  2. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Lake Ki-Chi-Saga, Minnesota USA
    Simple! Get an insert cable and plug it in to channel one or two in the back of the firestudio.

    Its a tip ring sleeve 1/4 inch jack, and I just answered this question 2 min ago:

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    Happy recordings,
  3. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Please note that on the whole, software compressors will be easier to use than hardware compressors. They might not impart a "sound" but if you get a cheap hardware one, you'd be as well using software - hardware adds noise, software uses CPU. Depends on your workflow (analog/digital mixdown) etc.
  4. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Lake Ki-Chi-Saga, Minnesota USA
    Which DAW are you using?

    You can always route an output on the DAW into the compressor and then back to the input if you want an analog compressor on the track.

    There may be latency introduced when you do this. You will have to offset the track to the amount of delay. Use a percussion track to find the amount to offset. This is one way to get the amount of offset on the destination tracks.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    jammster nailed the same thing I would have recommended to you with your current your current equipment scenario. Your interface is not quite like a analog console or pieces of boutique equipment integrated together. So you just have to approach it a little differently.

    If you have an external preamp? What are the things I might recommend would be to simply utilize in a " Y " cable on the output of the preamp. One goes directly to the recorder's input track. The other side of the Y cable goes to a hardware compressor. The hardware compressor will then feed another track on the recorder. Now you have both from which to choose from, individually or in combination.

    I actually liked recording with compression. There is actually a really good reason to do this & a little goes a long way. What you actually accomplish by recording your compression is to actually increase digital resolution. If your levels are Higher by compression while recording, you are not falling into the lower resolution LSB or, least significant bits. So in an audible way a 16-bit analog compressed recording can actually appear to have the resolution similar to a 24-bit direct recording. And in the mix, this can produce a different color to the final product. I don't care if compression and/or limiting cannot be undone. I don't care because I know how much not to use. In the hands of the inexperienced, this is where the trepidation enters. And the same holds true for recording with some equalization. I make things sound right to me going in. And that's because I'm experienced enough to make those professional calls. You wouldn't become a driver at the Indianapolis 500 without some kind of prior experiences & track record. The same holds true here. Let your ears be your guide.

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