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Compressor Settings

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Ankles, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. Ankles


    Jan 6, 2001
    Anybody have any suggested compressor settings.


  2. I use a VU meter to determines those values..
  3. BryanB

    BryanB Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Depends on what you want to do.

    Normally, I would set it this way:

    Ratio: 3:1
    Attack: 100mS
    Release: 1 sec
    Threshold: What ever you need to light it up during heavy playing. Usually 10-20 dB down.
    Gain: whatever you need to make up the lost gain.

    Hard Limiting:
    Ratio 6:1 or better
    Attack: 1mS
    Release: 2 sec
    Threshold: 0 to +4 dB depending on where the compressor is in the chain

    I like light compression myself, so I will use 2.5:1 or so with 150mS of Attack time, and 0.5 sec release time.