Mix Bus Compression

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by benny, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. benny

    benny Active Member

    Dec 14, 2004
    I would like some hints about applying compression across the mix bus. I'm unsure about attack and release times, ratio, and threshold parameters. I understand what these parameters do, but don't feel confident setting them. I'm using an amek 9098compressor in Pro Tools. I'm doing a lot of pop/rock mixes. If anyone has any thoughts I would greatly appreciate some direction.

  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    I hate to say that you use whatever that particular mix needs. And nothing more. Just what the mix is asking for.

    Likely, you'll be using fairly long attack and release and thresh it at 1 or 2dB of gain reduction. That's a decent starting point.

    Obviously, if you're sending it out for mastering later, be as light as possible with it. Use what the mix needs to hold it together, and do nothing for the sake of sheer volume.

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