Compression settings

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  1. goodge

    goodge Guest

    Hello i am new to this site and to enginering and have had a search and can't seem to find any compression setting examples for drum kits, guitars bass electric acoustic, vocals, synth, piano etc it would be great if someone knows of any good links etc outlining ratios and thresholds release attack settings for me to explore as i keep on making a right mess of my tracks. I will be using logics latest version multi band compressor and hope to buy some compression plugins if needed so suggestions would also really help me.
    Thanks for the time Ryan
  2. mark_van_j

    mark_van_j Active Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Presets! :D

    But seriously... use your ears and twist the knobs. Keep in mind that attack, release, ratio and threshold all do different things, so you must know what to listen for.... Once you know what to listen for, your mixing will improve by 156%. 8)
  3. goodge

    goodge Guest


    I have been exploring compression settings but would still like to have another persons view to compare with as i am never usually entirely happy with end compression results.
  4. yz

    yz Guest

    Well, in my opinion, compression settings are very specific to the sound you want to address. Not just the kind of instrument, but the actual recording you are working on. For example, compressing a bass may require different settings depending on the type of bass sound; is it percussive? mellow? synth? guitar? There are many variations.

    As mentioned in the previous post, I think the key is to study the common settings on most compressors (attack, release, etc.). Once you have a firm grasp of that, you can listen to your sound and decide how you want to change it dynamically.

    Since this is the mastering section, there are some very good posts that discuss the common problems that can occur with overcompression, especially on the stereo bus. Compression can be a great tool, but I think it's important to understand what it's doing to avoid some of the pitfalls. At that point, you will likely develop your own settings for your style of mixing.
  5. DIGIT

    DIGIT Guest

    First of all compression during tracking, mixing and mastering is a TOTALLY different thing.

    I have noticed that people seem to confuse mastering with mixing and tracking, for whatever reason. But, this is the MASTERING forum so, you should post this question to the RECORDING STUDIO forum.

    Also, there has been plenty written about this. Do a search and you'll see.
  6. goodge

    goodge Guest


    Thanks for the info people.
  7. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    I usually like 90 p.s.i. and 5 cfm for my compressor settings <GRIN>

    Seriously there is no such thing as normal compressor settings. Every song every setup is different so the best thing to do is to get out a song you know well and play with the settings until it sounds good to you.

    Do a search here for suggestions and there are lot of things posted on the web as well if you are interested in reading them

    Some examples

    These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to web sites that you can visit to learn about compressors and setting for them.

    Hope this helps...
  8. goodge

    goodge Guest


    Thanks Thomas for the help.

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