When you are shopping for a compressor, there are many different kinds of models and brands from which to choose. Keep in mind also that they all have different layouts with various options. When analyzing compressor controls, one should analyze all of its parts, like Ratio, Threshold, Raelease, Attack, and Makeup Gain. In regard to choosing compressors with minimalistic qualities, pat close attention to Threshold and Makeup Gain. Program-dependent response adjusts to the input signal. However, with some project you do need a complete set of controls.
- Determining compression and automatic gain reduction are two ways that mainstream compressors can help.
- After a threshold is met, the compressor should reduce gain immediately as an automatic response.
- The time at which the gain reduction will kick in varies from one compressor to the next.
“When choosing from the many brands and models of compressors—both hardware and software—one of the first things any intrepid user is likely to notice is the significant difference in layouts among the many options out there. Some models have a bare minimum of controls—just a couple of knobs to get the job done; others are chock-full of controls and bells & whistles.”