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Mixing Secrets by Mike Senior

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CHAPTER 9

Compressing for a Reason

Few aspects of mix processing seem to confuse more small-studio owners than compression, despite the fact that this mix process is actually closely related to what the faders do—the only thing that really differentiates a fader from a compressor is that the latter can perform balance changes automatically. It's easy to lose sight of this basic principle when faced with all the technicalities of compressor designs and controls, so this chapter deliberately focuses on that issue while looking at the practical concerns of using compressors at mixdown. Technical bits and bobs will be sprinkled in as they become relevant.

9.1 COMPRESSION WITH TWO CONTROLS

A compressor is effectively a fader that you can program ...

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