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 Post subject: Compressing and Limiting
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:39 pm 
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So far i have always either used compression OR limiting on a track when often i wanted to use both at the same time. Today it ocured to me that not only you can use dynamics on the individual tracks but on the stereo track too. Following this i added limiting on the stereo track while my individual tracks are compressed. It sounds clearly different and tops of some of the unwanted peaks in the dynamics. All in all it sounds smoother to my ears.

Is this a good practice ?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:44 pm 
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Definitely Dirk, but it`s down to personal taste how far you go with limiting, just enough to bring the lower levelled instruments in the mix up a touch, between 3db-5db is as far as I go, but others may go further.
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In my opinion, it certainly is.

Applying compression on individual tracks is a part of the mixing procedure, applying compression on the stereo track (after mixing) is part of the mastering procedure.

Depending on the instruments recorded, I use more or less compression, usually with a soft knee. Default compresion ratio 2:1. In the mastering process, I again apply 2:1 compression, and add calculated compensation gain: -18 dB threshold and 2:1 ratio gives a gain of 9 dB so a peak at 0 dB still is a 0 dB peak. But the music gets a lot louder without losing anything of it's character or becoming dull.

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