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A simple explanation of compression? No, actually it’s quite comprehensive

by Kim Lajoie on January 15, 2012

And in a good way.

Keith Freund:

Shorter attack and release times (smaller numbers) will make vocals sound more “energetic,” louder, and will also bring out the breaths between words.

Longer attack and release times (higher numbers) will make vocals “punchier” which obviously isn’t as important for vocals as it is for other instruments like kick and snare.

Don’t be put off by the title. It’s a great comprehensive overview of compression – and not just for vocals.

-Kim.

4 thoughts on “A simple explanation of compression? No, actually it’s quite comprehensive

  1. Annie says:

    This cleared up the mudd in regards to compression! Thanks, Kim.
    P.S. Loving he last posts.

  2. Kim Lajoie says:

    Cheers! I’m going to linking to (and commenting on) other blogs a lot more from now on. There’s a lot of useful stuff that people are saying around the internet.

    -Kim.

  3. Cristina says:

    Nothing quite exceeds the collective wisdom. The trick is in picking it from the right sources, which is always the hardest 🙂

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