CHAPTER 5 Compression and Limiting



The most misused effect: too much is a turnoff.


MIX SMART QUICK START : Compression and Limiting


  • Practical motivations include preventing overload, overcoming noise, and de-essing bright vocals.
  • Fit tracks together in your mix more easily through tamed loudness, improved intelligibility and articulation, smoothed performances, and cleverly reshaped amplitude envelopes.
  • Feature tracks by extracting ambience and artifacts, manipulating timbre, and creating distortion through compression.


  • Master the quirky set of parameters and features: threshold, ratio, attack, release, makeup gain, hard knee, soft knee, stereo, and multiband.
  • Recognize the sonic traits and operational pros and cons built ...

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