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Basics of compression

Posted by Giacomo on February 24, 2012
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Compressors are  a kind of dynamic processors that reduce the volume of loud sounds or amplify quiet sounds by diminishing an audio signal’s dynamic range.

Usually, by compression audio engineers mean downward compression, which reduces loud sounds over a certain threshold while quiet sounds remain unaffected.

The function of compression is  to make performances more consistent in dynamic range so that they “sit” in the mix of other instruments better and maintain consistent attention from the listener.

The following video will show you how to use a compressor to achieve this consistency, so you can hear the difference yourself!

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