What’s pre-mastering and how, when, and why should I use compression?
Audio level compression, also called dynamic range compression, volume compression, compression, limiting, is a process that manipulates the dynamic range of an audio signal. Compression is used during sound recording, live sound reinforcement, and broadcasting to improve the perceived volume of audio. A compressor is the device used to create compression.
Adobe Audition, as well as every other major multi-track recording software, has a digital compressor with lots of settings built in.
Compression is often used to make music sound louder without increasing its peak amplitude. By compressing the peak (or loudest) signals, it becomes possible to increase the overall gain (or volume) of a signal without exceeding the dynamic limits of a reproduction device or medium. (I.e. your radio, i-Pod, or your computer speakers, known for their wonderful fidelity and frequency range) The net effect when compression is applied along with a gain boost is that relatively quiet sounds become louder, while louder sounds remain unchanged.
Compressors usually have controls to set how fast the compressor responds to changes in input level, known as ”attack”, and how quickly the compressor returns to no gain reduction once the input level falls below the threshold, known as ”release”. Because the loudness pattern of the source material is modified by the compressor it may change the character of the signal in subtle to quite noticeable ways depending on the settings used.
A second control on a compressor is hard/soft knee. This controls whether the bend in the response curve is a sharp angle or has a rounded edge. A soft knee reduces the audible change from uncompressed to compressed, especially for higher ratios where the changeover is more noticeable. You need a chart to sort of show that.
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There are times in creation when somebody on the session isn’t cutting it. This can exhibit a tight spot.
The circumstances may shift as do the alternatives for an answer, however how about we take a gander at a few conceivable situations.
A Bit of an Awkward Situation
A lyricist comes to you to deliver a few melodies. They have a couple of musical artists they need to use on the recordings. I’m more often than not for this. It’s not my default to quickly need to get just my kin. I like working with new individuals with diverse thoughts and viewpoints.
Now and again however, there is a player that doesn’t have enough studio experience.
Generally, the musician doesn’t know already.