Compression and input level
I've got a Markbass compressore, and I wonder why there is two knobs gain and threshold because raising th input level is the same as lowering the threshold?
Maybe the gain is useful to match the ideal operating range of the compressor, but how can I find this ideal operating range?
Finally, I've read: "With GAIN turned up, it had a warm growl that could be used to punch through a loud section, or provide an "instant-vintage" tone to a modern amp." But, I believed that "warm" and "punch" are contradictory, aren't they?
"Punch" is an ambivalent term. It can mean either an in-your-face woofy kind of tone (wich IMHO is equivalent to scooped mids) or just a tone with a great deal of low mids that boulders within the mix giving great fundamental.
About the compression: "I'm from Barcelona, I know nothing"
Being a tube pedal, I would say that the gain sets the saturation of the tube, giving more growl and warmth. Whilst to a certain extent input and threshold achieve the same result, in this case they are different and interactive. It allows you to keep dial in as much tube tone as you want yet keep the compression consistent.
As far as 'warm' and 'punch being contratictory, these are very subjective terms. One man's punch, is another man's warmth.
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