To Compress or not
As a matter of fact, any device of dynamic processing in mixing and mastering (whether it’s a compressor or a limiter) is a sort of enhancer which operates by the method of reducing the difference between the quietest and loudest parts of an audio signal. The reduction of this difference gives a sound much smoother, more polished sounding due to the control over peaks and a lot higher values of perceived loudness what allows an affordable mixing and mastering engineer to get an instrument involved in a final track in a more comfortable way during music mixing. As an addition (I was speaking about it earlier) all vintage compressors and their contemporary digital emulations are used as another technique for sound coloration by means of added by their chains harmonics and saturation that
turn mixing literally into reanimation of plain and uninteresting sounds. The use of compression in professional online mixing and mastering services in studio is also a fine way to literally massage a track by giving it more natural sounding. What is more important, this sounding is far more comfort to listen to without any deafening splashes and scarcely intelligible loudness dropouts. You should above all know where to draw a line and clearly realize the final cause of your actions! Mixing with an awkward and uncontrolled use of compression can press all life out of audio and turn music into a hardly intelligible track full of distortions. To avoid it, let’s get to know basics of compression and main settings the fine use of which gives an engineer a total control over a sound. A little of theory, permanent practice, the analysis of the work done – and your music studio will turn into a laboratory for creation of new masterpieces.