Question to compression gurus

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by neuronick, Jul 28, 2002.

  1. neuronick

    neuronick Guest

    Hello guys,

    I'm synthesizing some electronic drum-samples for later use with my VSTi drum-machine. All synthesis is done inside computer with the help of the corresponding software. So, the question is do I need to compress these samples prior to loading them into the drum-machine or is it OK if I'll compress the whole drum-patterns during the mixing. May be it is better to do it in a both ways?

    I understand the theory behind compression quite good. And if I would record these samples from some hardware synth or drum-machine I would definitely compress them a little during the recording. But in case of computer generated drums I'm in doubt.

    If somebody had such an experience before or just have some thoughts please let me know.

    Sorry for the long post.

    Thnx in advance
  2. Figure out where the pain-in-the-ass step is and avoid it: if it is a pain-in-the-ass to go back and record the samples again, record them dry (you can always compress during mixdown). If it is a P-I-T-A to compress during mixdown (don't have enough compressors to go around) do it during the recording stage. Cheers, Doc.
  3. neuronick

    neuronick Guest

    Thank you for your reply, Doc.
  4. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    What if it's ALL a Pain-In-the-Ass?
  5. Go -30db at a 20:1 with a fast attack and the slowest release possible across the mix bus!!!!
    Squash the crap out of it!!!

    That will teach it to be a PITA!

    (By the way, do not try this at home)
  6. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Active Member

    May 29, 2001
    Either method will be a compromise...compared to compressing individual tracks and group mults at mixdown as needed.

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  8. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Oct 5, 2000
    I find this question impossible to answer without listening to the sample(s) in question.
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Yarzzzzzzzz! :c:
  10. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Hi Jules,

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