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Compression Question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Berger912, May 7, 2010.

  1. if you use a compressor and a gate what order do you put them in
    compressor —> gate or gate —> compressor? and what are the benefits and the down sides of each way? i would appreciate any help thank you.

  2. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    I would personally put the compressor first

    if you put the gate first any lag on the gate will shape your envelope which will effect the response of the compressor.
  3. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    Gates are only there to turn off the tap when the flow is low...to stop drips. Utility.
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    That's a good metaphor. :)

    I agree that it should go comp --> gate, however I hate gates and always recommend solving the source of the noise rather than using a gate. Also, in order to understand what order effects should go in, you have to think about what they do. A gate turns your signal on and off, pretty abruptly. Where do you want your signal turned on and off? What stage of your chain do you want the gate to "hear" and respond to? If you think about what it does, and what you want it to respond to and affect, then it becomes obvious where to put it.

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