Dynamic processing devices represented with a great variety of compressors, limiters and other appliances are now an essential element in professional online music mixing. They allow an engineer to control dynamics of musical instruments in a flexible way by reducing the difference between the loudest and quietest parts. The use of compression allowed music mastering services engineers not only to enhance the loudness of single sounds and songs on the whole, but also to get sounding of live performances and records much more “stuck together”. Another most important aspect is also the possibility to give a sound the coloration with extra harmonics added by both hardware and software studio devices. In the
professional engineer’s hands, compression is an instrument which turns live but rough dynamics of live performance into an organic comfort track to listen to. Compression puts life into initially dull sounding as well. As opposed to it, the unskillful use of dynamic processors brings about overcompressing and pressing life out of a music track. This article will be helpful for those who are new at music mixing mastering with compression and nuances of dynamic processing. In this article, I’m going to consider basics of one of the most important aspects of audio mixing practice, parameters of compression and their significance as well as a number of defining characteristics of devices and specific cases of their use. So that in your further engineer practice you will be able to consciously and creatively use various kinds of compression by turning ordinary sounding of a raw record into excellent audio rich in color and character where each sound softly gets blended up in the general set of arrangement and clearly occupies its own niche.