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Old 07-15-2019, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default is there ever a reason to apply compression to non-dynamic sounds?

is there ever a reason to apply compression to non-dynamic sounds?
i.e same volume over time

this would not have any sort of effect as i understand
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:40 PM   #2
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Under some circumstances it might have some effect. Like maybe if the fundamental frequency of the input is (s)low enough to be detected as volume changes by the compressor.
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Old 07-16-2019, 04:15 AM   #3
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If you're using compression as a form of distortion?
If the compression's frequency conscious?
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Old 07-16-2019, 02:19 PM   #4
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Hardware? Or plugins?

Hardware could add some mojo, because it has trannies and/or tubes in some cases.

Plugins OTOH could be fast enough to use as a kind of modulation, like Xenakios suggests. And some compressor plugins try to add the hardware mojo too. I don't know if you still see that as a compressor tho...
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Ever? Probably...


But of course I wouldn't compress (or use any other effect) unless you have a specific reason and you like the result.


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this would not have any sort of effect as i understand
The details depend on the compressor and the settings but typically repeating the process WILL add MORE compression every time. Most-often compression "pushes down" the "louder parts" (above the threshold) and then make-up gain is used to bring-up the overall level. The make-up gain will push stuff back-up over the threshold so the audio gets compressed again, and make-up gain is added again, etc.
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Sure, some compressors provide color without doing any compression.
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Sure, some compressors provide color without doing any compression.

can you get this color with any VST compressors? i'd like to check that out
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can you get this color with any VST compressors? i'd like to check that out
No. Usually just the ones modeling vintage gear. But if you're interested in color without any noticeable compression, I'd highly recommend Kazrog True Iron. Fantastic coloring tool that I'm now using on every track + master buss. Quite subtle but almost never doesn't improve the source.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:22 PM   #9
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A use case might be to use them like a transient enhancer. So the compressor has a tiny bit of attack time letting through the sound at original volume and after the attack pulls it down a bit.
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