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Understanding the Basics of Audio Compression

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Compression and Limiting

Compression is that one tool you must have in the recording studio. Compressors come in all shapes, sizes and colors – whether hardware or plug-in. When used correctly, compression basically keeps volume levels in perspective. It organizes the noize, so to speak. Compressors have several bells and whistles that one can easily become intimidated by. The key is first studying the process and using your ears to understand the result you’re after. Take a peek at this excellent video ‘Intro to Compression’ from to get an idea of the basics of audio compression.



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