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Sound FX by Alex Case

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Compression and Limiting 6

″A connecting principle,Linked to the invisibleAlmost imperceptibleSomething inexpressible.Science insusceptibleLogic so inflexibleCausally connectibleYet nothing is invincible.″

— ″SYNCHRONICITY I,″ THE POLICE, SYNCHRONICITY (A&M RECORDS, 1983)

The typical recording studio has several — sometimes upwards of 100 — faders. The simple fader, nothing more than an adjustable gain stage, is essential to music production.

There are times when a fader does not satisfy an engineer′s need for gain control. Music signals are rarely consistent in level. Every crack of the snare, syllable of the vocal, and strum of the guitar produces a signal that surges up and recedes down in amplitude. Figure 6.1 shows the changing amplitude ...

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