Compressor settings...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Mr_McBride, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. Mr_McBride


    Oct 9, 2003
    Acworth, Ga
    I set the post gain to a level that equals the input level so that the effect of the compressor is subtle. With the compressor set this way it is basically creating the illusion of boosting lower inputs while all it is really doing to limiting the peaks. While this makes for a more consistent level I am missing the point on how a compressor adds punch. This leads me to my question...Does anyone set the output gain higher than the input gain thereby pushing the signal? If so, how do you decide how much to push the signal?

  2. dadodetres


    Dec 19, 2004

    Some compressors start to act later than others, and with different curves of speed. That means that the attack of each note you play may be higher than the rest, and may sound with more attack.
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    With my ears! No, seriously, every setting of every knob has some potential to sound good. If you want to squash, squash! There may be some "rules" around transparent compression, but all bets are off when it comes to compressing "as an effect" (IMO).