[linux-audio-dev] Paper on dynamic range compression
S.W.Harris at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Oct 18 07:08:09 EDT 2006
On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 12:14:45 +0100, John Rigg wrote:
> The fact remains that a lot of high end professional users consider many
> of the free software plugins to be "nearly unusable" (see Ben Loftis'
> earlier post in this thread). This isn't intended as a criticism of the
> developers, just an acknowledgement that perhaps more attention needs to be
> paid to some fairly subtle aspects of design that have not been
> considered important up to now, if these high end users are to take
> Linux audio more seriously.
I don't doubt that, (though some professionals are using them in thier
day-to-day jobs) but I think there are more serious tuning issues to be
addressed than these.
E.g. the gain recovery shape in the SC* compressors is all wrong, the
attack is a bit too gentle and the decay is much to quick to decay. This
makes them sound a bit inert, which is fine for clinical AGC, but not good
for the classic compressor effect in musical applications.
Getting the tuning to the level it's at now, with relatively little feedback
effects between the followers and gain curves took me a couple of days, so
it's no simple job to go in and change things. If at some point in the
future I'm not working 14 hour days and I can take a couple of days off I
might feel up to it. It's been on my TODO list for a few years.
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