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[Getting started] Understanding Compressor Parameters

Understanding Compressor Parameters
Now that we've discussed the possible uses for compression, let's take a look at the way a compressor works. To do that, I'll explain to you, in a theoretical way, the different parameters commonly found on such processors.

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Regarding attack and release, I've always thought of the stepmasters at gyms. When you step on the stepmaster, it takes some force before it really starts, well, compressing https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif and when you step off, the steps decompress more slowly than the time it takes to remove your feet from the stepmaster.

Keeping this ridiculous example in mind:
Attack = the time it takes for the stepmaster to completely compress (or the time it takes for your compressor to reach the level that you've determined)
Release = the time it takes for the stepmaster to reach its 'neutral' level after removing your feet (or the time it takes for the compressor to once again reach 0 immediately after compression)

To answer the 2 questions in your head: YES, I am crazy, but YES this example still makes sense in some crazy way https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif

Cheers,
Charles
Well in fact it makes sense to me too, so I guess we are both crazy https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif
Well i know how to use compressors but i also understand what you try to say...
So i guess every body must be a bit crazy if they understand https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif

But i think it is a very nice article and very explaining to new bee's.

The compressor is a misunderstood piece of equipment. Just try to have fun with it and use the side chain.

Btw a gate with side chain can make a nice trance chopper. But... That is another story.


- Angelie

Note: i realy love these articles... Thank you
Glad to hear this, thanks https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_bravo.gif
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