Using Compression to Make Quiet Things LOUD

We all know compression turns things down.

And we say we know that you can use it to make quiet parts louder, but some of us (myself included at times) have a hard time actually using compression this way.

We feel like this — if a signal is passing through my compressor, that compressor needs to be squashing it at ALL times. No exceptions.

‘Tis a slippery slope…one that leads to overly-compressed, lifeless mixes.

BUT…let me remind you (and myself) of one of the many uses of compression. Check out the new video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8Qj89MUDEs&feature=plcp

And if you want the full story on exactly how I set up the compressor in the video (plus a bunch of other stuff that will make you luuuv compression), go here:

www.UnderstandingCompression.com

Why Noise isn’t a Big Deal

In your recordings in your home studio, are you constantly worried about noise? Be honest, it’s okay if you are.

That is something that I have struggled with my entire recording career. Homes, apartments, houses — they’re just not very quiet. A professional recording studio is acoustically treated and isolated. If you walk into a pro vocal booth, it is dead quiet.

But the question I have for you is this — is that really that important? Here’s what I think: no, not really.

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