17Compressors

Roey Izhaki

Perhaps the most misused and overused tool in mixing is the compressor—which is especially worrying considering how predominant compressors are in contemporary mixes. It is no secret that compressors can make sounds louder, bigger, punchier, richer, or more powerful. Neither is it a secret that, since compressors were introduced per channel on analog consoles, the amount of compression in mixes has grown progressively and significantly—from transparent compression to evident compression, to heavy compression, to hypercompression, to ultracompression, so that by the start of the new millennium compression had been applied in so many mixes to such massive degrees that some people find it absurd:

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