Lineing up the peaks

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Davidoc, Sep 8, 2001.

  1. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    Our recordings on my the site sound... less than professional.

    I opened them with an audio editor program, and the wave goes up and down. Professional recordings I've opened have everything flat at max output, pretty much. How do they get the waveform flat?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  3. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    Thanks for the tip. Do you know what can cause recordings to sound extra ****ty with compression on?
  4. Oysterman

    Oysterman Guest

    Mar 30, 2000
    Don't know exactly what you're getting at, but:

    If not properly used, compression, especially when heavy, will "choke" your mix and force it to occasionally "gasp for breath". This is not pleasing to the ears. Adding large amounts of compression will also bring up the noise level - the more you compress, the louder the noise will sound.

    It's a powerful tool when used right, and at the same time the results can be disastrous when you don't know what you're doing.