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Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros, Second Edition by Rick Clark

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Chapter 9. Dynamic Signal Processing

Dynamic Signal Processing

Clockwise from top left: Sam Taylor (photo by Jimmy Stratton) / Jerry Berlongieri recording a plane (photo courtesy of Jerry Berlongieri) / Bill Schnee (photo courtesy of Bill Schnee) / Richard Gibbs with guitar and bat (photo by Keegan Gibbs) / Ben Cheah with mic (photo courtesy of Ben Cheah).

Depending on which engineer or producer you are talking to, the subject of when and how to use dynamic signal processing—compressors, limiters, expanders, gates—can raise a passionate range of opinions. If you say to the wrong guy, “Hey, I really like the sound of a compressor smashing the heck out of a room drum sound,” ...

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