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Compression is the process of lessening the dynamic range between the loudest and quietest parts of an audio signal

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Audio Leveler Isn't Stable

Sorry if this question doesn't make sense (or uses the wrong terms, feel free to edit). I've got very little understanding of audio, but willing to learn. I've recorded a tutorial for Youtube and I'm ...
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Should I use a standalone compressor/gate or do it in post?

I'm recording screencasts and also dabbling in podcasting. I do video editing in Final Cut Pro X. My question is this: Is it better to use a standalone insert compressor/limiter/gate or have FCPX do ...
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Critical listening examples for compressors and digital filters?

I'm looking for listening examples for the following applications: -Compressors usage (what to listen for when changing parameters such as ratio, attack, release time, etc). I've found some material ...
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Audio codec with fastest decoding

I have an application that requires reading long (8h) compressed audio files. The quality and size of the file is not the main concern, but the time it takes to decode the full file is. WAV file does ...
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Applying compression to a sound several times

I would like to know what happens, objectively speaking, when you apply compression to a sound 2, 3, or 4 times. I would beleive its useless to do this. Or counterproductive. I generally use a ...
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How to master a song? [closed]

What should I do when I have finished mixing a song and I want to master it? I don't have any processors on Master strip. I know that multiband compressors and limiters are usually used. I would like ...
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How to use multiband compressor in Mixing and Mastering?

I try to use Ozone-5 Multiband Compressor, but it looks very confused to me. I really want to know what is the purpose of doing Mutiband compression and How do you usually use it.
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Is it possible to mix MP3 Files into an audio mix a long mp3 without degredation?

I want to add and crossfade multiple mp3s into a long mix. Is there software that can mix many mp3's without re-encoding? If i use a normal mixing program and decode-re-incode, how much worse is the ...
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Compress more than once? (VO multi-mix)

I'm a bit new to all of this, so I just wanted to get some advice from some pros. I'm doing VOs for different segments that are all going to be strung together into one final track. In stage 1 of ...
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Why is loudness war and mp3 bad?

So there are a lot of critics of overcompressed sound and mp3s. They say that the music industry is feeding us overcompressed music to make it sound good on low end devices. Now I'm confused, if music ...
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Calculating compression output with a knee

With a hard knee you'd have an output as output=Threshold+(Input-Threshold)/Ratio Now, I found this pdf http://redmine.jamoma.org/attachments/download/175/JAES_V60_6_PG399.pdf which lists as a ...
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File format and settings for speech recording with small file size and keeping a decent quality

I use my Android phone to record speeches very often. I would like to know what is the most recommended file format for speech recording considering I would like to minimize the file size but keep a ...
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Sequence inserts/plugins for voice

I'm editing some spoken word audio (lectures recorded on a wireless lapel mic). I am using the following effects in Pro Tools 8. I am proficient with using these effects individually. But does it ...
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How can I qualify differences between compressors?

When A/Bing different models of compressor (usually DAW plugins since that's what I generally have access to), I can tell that different compressors with similar settings have a somewhat different ...
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What is compression and why is it used?

Related to vocal recording, I see some answers that talk about compression. What exactly does compression do, and why and how is it used?
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Can phasing occur with 2 seperate/unique instruments

I'm struggling with a piece of audio. Answers here on this site and my own searching suggests it is phasing, but I am very hopeful if some can clarify. Here is a link (download MP3), although I will ...
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Is it better to record a vocal as close to raw as possible, or to compress, eq etc along the way into Pro Tools?

I've been playing around with running vocals from our 1073 pre-amp into an Avalon compressor and EQ before hitting our Pro Tools rig. I'm loving the sound I'm getting, but am not sure if this is ...
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Program to decompress WaveZip on 64-bit

Anyone know of a 64-bit or 32-bit windows compatible program to WaveZip compressed files? I just tried to install WaveZip on my 64-bit Windows machine and it is 16-bit and won't install.
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Live rock band having issues with vocals being buried

We are an independent touring band that has been having issues with the vocals being lost in the mix. Our singer is constantly told that she's being drowned out by the band. The band consists of a ...
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Side chain sources for a compressor working on a guitar or bass signal?

I've only ever used side chain triggering for compressors acting on drums. Where a kick signal compresses snare and toms. I'm trying to figure out some interesting use cases for side chain compression ...
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Techniques on Mastering

I'm interested in creating the most 'dynamically interesting' sound from music that I've produced on a computer, which includes vocal samples, bass, rhythm and instruments. At first I was happy with ...
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Where does Levelator fit in with traditional compression/gating/limiting?

I understand the basic concepts of compression, expansion, gating, and limiting, but I'm still working on best applying them to my podcast to achieve the best resulting sound. I'm also working on ...
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What's the best ubiquitous format for compressed voice audio?

I'm sharing records from phone conferences on my website, and would like to save space. It would be nice if I could use speex as I get about 5:1 compression compared to mp3. However most people would ...
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Is buying a compressor a good thing for vocal recording?

I have a little home studio and so far, just recording with my Studio Project B1 microphone right in my Presonus Firebox was ok for vocals. I have some money to spend on an upgrade for this setup, and ...
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Recording/mixing/mastering drums

I'm working on a project where I am to mix/master drums to a backing track (sort of a drum-replacement project.) I've gotten the drums to sound pretty great on their own but was just wondering if I ...
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Is it wrong to use compression on the master bus?

I've read some pretty conflicting statements about what people should or shouldn't do when it comes to putting effects on the master bus. In general, what I always do is put on a compressor but have ...
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How can I compress podcasts consistently and reliably to go onto Google Play Music?

After getting a complete, confirmed Artist's account on Google Play Music and attempting to upload my podcasts, I realized there was a requirement that all provided files must be FLAC or WAV files ...
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Differences between Waves CL-2A and UAD LA-2A

I bought the Waves Classic Compressors bundle yesterday and wondered if there is a noticeable difference between those and the one from UAD regarding sound and CPU usage. Has anybody tried both and ...
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What is difference between parallel compression and dry/wet knob on compressor?

as I understand parallel compression works by sending some track to compressor with some settings, and then turning send knob how much you want. Doing this, you will get some of the unprocessed signal ...
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What are the differences between budget and more expensive hardware compressors?

I'm think about getting a compressor and I heard that Alesis makes one popular compressor for electronic music. I'm informed that the prices can differ much, so I wonder what is the difference between ...
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How to make compressed audio loop without audible gap?

I am trying to create an M4A (MP3) audio track which must loop without audible gap. I've heard that compressed audio is padded with silence at the end to fill up missing samples in a block of ...
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What do you use for video file conversion?

I get a wide array of video file types despite me specifying what I want. I was wondering what does everyone use to convert the video to something more manageable for pro tools? Many times I want to ...
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Leq (A) specifications

Hi guys, this is the first time i post on this forum, although i've been reading quite often in the last few months. I've got an issue on something i just came across. I'm editing dialogues (voices ...
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How do LPC encoders work

I asked this question on the DSP forum and got a reasonable answer but the answer was very technical and was wondering whether someone could give me a more general idea of how it works. My ...
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Dialogue Chain Differences: TV versus Film

How is your processing chain different? Certainly, limiting and dialnorm requirements are different...but what about your actual processing? Do you step compress on some genres and quick attack bus ...
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The purpose of Threshold, Knee and ratio in a compressor (discussion)

I would just like a get eveyone's view on the purposes/"what they do" on a compressor. They way I understand it is, the threshold is the dB level that is reached by a signal that causes the knee + ...
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Space Saving Archive Format

I was in a debate with some game designers I work with about the best archiving format. What it inevitably came down to was a really dumb test, in which the results were futile in producing a winner ...
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How is compression different from normalization?

Newbie question. I originally asked this here in the comments but I was advised to post this as a separate topic. If I understand correctly, compression reduces the volume range of a sound so that it ...
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What kind of compression does my audio go through when it undergoes Dolby AC3 Codec ?

In an Optical medium, The Dolby Digital print has a 5776 dots each representing a bit of data in one perforation. Therefore 4 perforations per frame and 96 perforations in one second. So in one second ...
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Remixing For The Internet?

I was wondering if there were any quick approaches from taking a soundtrack that has a wide dynamic range (film) and compressing it for something like the internet, where most things seem to be ...
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cutting foley/footsteps through compression?

Anyone do this? We're looking to tweak our chain somewhat, and one of the more obvious things is to go ahead and compress some of those quick transients out on the cut side of foley and footsteps. ...
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When you are mixing dialogue, compression settings for stem

When you are mixing dialogue and you have it all mixed, what is your strategy for compressing the rest of it? I understand that multiband compression is commonly used but do you try to set a very ...
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In which situations is Audio Expansion applied (opposite of compressors)?

I've encountered from time to time some plugins that allows a threshold and a ratio to be set so that quieter sound can have an even more quieter level (or silenced altogether). Ableton Live actually ...
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How to achieve overcompressed sound?

How can I make a track sound like its over-compressed, like this one: http://mp3.juno.co.uk/MP3/SF1228842-02-01-02.mp3 ? (I'm using the izotope Ozone plugin inside a VST host)
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Video Compression

How do you compress a video so that it is a manageable size for protools? What codec do you recommend and what is a manageable size for LE? The original video is 360 mb and it is 7min color. I can'...
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Step Compression: Do you use it?

I often times due to time constraints and given the limited amount of dynamic range permitted for my television mixes, use step compression on my narration track. I find it causes less ear fatigue ...
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How to widen a sound effects dynamics? Uncompression?

Hey guys, I have done a lot of sound design using some punches, body falls, kicks, etc. that were mashed and mastered and normalized and compressed and every-which-way processed. Does anyone have a ...
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While mixing, how aggressive should I get with EQing?

Mixing question... I need to give each element its own space in the mix and I'd like to know how you go about this. I compress the element I'm trying to sit and EQ out its competitors but still it ...
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EQ, Compression sequence?

Hi all, maybe this question has already come up (though I couldn't find it ...), and surely most of you will have their own best practices here... EQ or Compression, what do you put first and why? ...
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Compression? When do you use it, if ever?

If at all and when and how do you use compression? I'm curious to see who out there actually uses it. You can answer with referring to either recording or mixing. I have already asked if you use ...