One of the toughest things for mixing and music production is the process of compression. Initially, you may find it complicated to understand but with time you will gradually learn and familiarize with it.
- If you are just a beginner then it is very natural for you to find it uncomfortable with compression. So, you need not increase confusion with multiple choices rather go for a single compressor that you get with your DAW. You do not need to use a heavy duty sound compressor for professionals unless you learn how the sound gets affected by different controls and gain a complete understanding of what compression does. Once you are confident enough, you can experiment and expand with various compressors.
- You can use an extreme threshold setting for making the hearing and dialing the release and attack times. You should back the threshold down once those set up are with you. This trick is perfect while you try to play around with unfamiliar compressors.
- While working with the drums, be a bit careful with the attack time. But do not set it too short otherwise the transients will be lost. Various types of sounds need various attack times.
- If you have any doubt regarding the amount of compression that needs to be applied, then better to go for less so that you are at a safer side.
- Without making much change to the sound, you can still achieve even loudness just by applying a slight amount of compression at different stages. Even routing can be done in the same channel through two compressors.
- Do remember that it is not necessary that louder is better. You must try to evaluate the differences created by the compression. You can go back and forth among the uncompressed and compressed audio to figure out the difference.