We know how important audio compression is for both recording and mastering processes. A job well done will make an audio track sounds lively, well balanced, bringing out the details that the audience would better appreciate. But to carry on such a task usually requires someone with years of experience and be trained in sound engineering. The cost of such a professional service (not to forget to mention the renting of equipment) is usually too high for hobbyists whose end products’ commercial value may not justify the cost, yet.
I have been writing songs as a hobby since 1995. Ever since my band “No Eye Candy” was formed since 2004, we have been actively recording our work in my humble home studio as well as the jamming studios in town. At times we do track-by-track recording; at times we mix all our instruments via a mixer and feed the single track sound signal into the computer; at times we bring along our Zoom H2 (see picture above) to record the jamming sessions directly via its 4-channel condenser mics.
I don’t claim to be an expert in audio compression but I do have a passion in giving the audio tracks of mine some justice and make them sound as good as they should be. I find that most materials I read on the Internet and external references are either too dry or too technical or too brief. What I aim to do here is to give you sufficient information with illustrations so that you can immediately make a difference to your work of art – be it as Podcast, video recording, music recording, and etc.
I know your time is precious and you want fast results. Here is my approach:
- Demystify the nuts and bolts of a compressor. So that you can understand what you are playing with and what I am talking about.
- Show you the waveforms of some of the professional works. So that you know what the end results may look like.
- Show you a set of industrial standard vintage compressors and what they do to a same piece of music. So that you can immediately pick some of these settings and try them on your own work.
- Share with you some of the potential compressor settings for instruments such as electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and vocals.
Do feel free to leave comments on this page as I’d love to hear from you as well.
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