[music-dsp] Q about compressors
bogac at bteaudio.com
Fri Mar 9 09:12:41 EST 2007
> Little question about compressors: do 'real world' compressors usually
> process by the book, using dB ratio's, or use specific curves that are
> better to work with (not talking about the knee, but the scale)?
Yes, the "scientific" dynamic range processors usually operate that way. If you
have not read already, I strongly recommend the application notes: "The
Mathematics of Log-Based Dynamic Processors" and "Basic Compressor/Limiter
Design" from THAT Corporation, available online at http://www.thatcorp.com/appnotes.html.
On the other hand, the "artistic" dynamic range processors slightly depart from that
approach and employ whatever sounds more musical to the ear. And this implies
-almost always- taking advantage of some basic psychoacoustical principles:
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