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Compression

Post by ShaunS » Sun Jun 09, 2024 3:26 am

Hi y'all,
I've finally got around to tooling up on Compression.
(yes, it's taken a while)
I think I get the gist of it. -a question:
if we do a piece that has say 10 tracks.
do we apply compression to each track.
the track (or two) that is maybe causing us to hit the 'ceiling'.
Or do we do it at the end and apply it to the final wave file.
not sure how I would do that in Studio one, there is 'the project room', where you can do final mastering, (haven't quite worked that one out yet).
my apologies if it's a dumb question.
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Re: Compression

Post by Telefunkin » Sun Jun 09, 2024 8:06 am

My answer to all those options is ... it depends :). I believe that its best to use all audio tools with intention, and not simply throw on a compressor just because you can. Knowing what you want to achieve, and knowing how to get that result is the ultimate aim. Saying that probably doesn't help you much right now though, so my suggestion would be to visit mastering.com where is a LOT of free course content and its really good.
https://courses.mastering.com/courses
If you sign up you can access their occasional sessions where over about 3 days they take you through the whole process from importing recorded tracks to turning out a finished song. You can watch the previously recorded sessions too, and they cover various styles. Each one also includes short sections on various mixing/mastering principles, so you get a fair amount of education each time. If that's too much and you just want to cover compression though, there's a free 10-hour free course on that topic alone. Ultimately, they'd like people to sign up to their Reverse Engineer program (quite costly), but you don't have to and the free stuff alone is well worth going through. I think it would help answer some or all of your questions.
Best of luck :).
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Re: Compression

Post by cosmicdolphin » Sun Jun 09, 2024 2:13 pm

Yes . No. Maybe. It depends.

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Re: Compression

Post by ShaunS » Fri Jun 14, 2024 7:00 am

Telefunkin wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2024 8:06 am
My answer to all those options is ... it depends :). I believe that its best to use all audio tools with intention, and not simply throw on a compressor just because you can. Knowing what you want to achieve, and knowing how to get that result is the ultimate aim. Saying that probably doesn't help you much right now though, so my suggestion would be to visit mastering.com where is a LOT of free course content and its really good.
https://courses.mastering.com/courses
If you sign up you can access their occasional sessions where over about 3 days they take you through the whole process from importing recorded tracks to turning out a finished song. You can watch the previously recorded sessions too, and they cover various styles. Each one also includes short sections on various mixing/mastering principles, so you get a fair amount of education each time. If that's too much and you just want to cover compression though, there's a free 10-hour free course on that topic alone. Ultimately, they'd like people to sign up to their Reverse Engineer program (quite costly), but you don't have to and the free stuff alone is well worth going through. I think it would help answer some or all of your questions.
Best of luck :).
Ok,
I get the drift, it depends on what you are trying to achieve.

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Re: Compression

Post by Telefunkin » Fri Jun 14, 2024 9:36 am

....and if you're in need of even more free, practical (not just theory) and reliable info on compression there's this from Joe Gilder
https://www.homestudiocorner.com/comp-m ... ass-part-1
Graham (UK). Still composing a little faster than decomposing, and 100% HI.

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