One way to control the amplitude of a signal is by running it through a compressor, which turns down the volume each time the signal gets louder than a preset threshold. Understanding the functions of compression and panning are part of music production basics and will help you in the recording and mixing phases of your project. Read more.
For many recording musicians, the compressor presents an enigma. Most of us know that compressors and their more specialized cousins, limiters, are used to control the dynamic range of an audio track or mix. But exactly how do they work, and how can you use them to the greatest advantage? We provide a brief overview, and head into the studio and see how the use of a compressor can help the recording process. Read more.