This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.

Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

Automating the threshold on a Buss Compressor?

Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by Punkyskunky, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. Punkyskunky

    Punkyskunky Engineer at Brett Brothers Studio

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2014
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location:
    England
    Hey guys, just a quick question:

    I'm currently using the Waves SSL buss compressor on my master fader and mixing through it from the start.

    I've been going for around 3-4 dB of compression on the loudest parts of the song, but that means it's not really compressing on the more quiet parts. I've read that some people automate the threshold on the compressor so that they're getting the same amount of compression throughout the track, do any of you guys do this? should I be doing this?

    Thanks for any replies in advance.
     
  2. Gujukal

    Gujukal Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2012
    Messages:
    492
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Sweden
    There is nothing shouldn't or should in music production. If it sound good and works, do it.
     
  3. Star Ark

    Star Ark Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2010
    Messages:
    474
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Melbourne
    I use the ssl on the mix buss but don't automate it. When the compressor clamps down it tends to be at the start of a verse or chorus and really lets each section pop. If it was consantly doing the same reduction the transition between sections wouldn't be as agressive and slamming.
     
  4. Punkyskunky

    Punkyskunky Engineer at Brett Brothers Studio

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2014
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location:
    England
    Hmm, thanks for the reply. In that case, when people say "I'm doing 4 dB of compression on my buss compressor" they're talking about how much compression they're doing at the chorus/loud part?
     
  5. bryan_kilco

    bryan_kilco Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2007
    Messages:
    4,623
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Poconos, PA
    Pretty sure the general consensus is, yes - only hit the loudest parts with 2-4 db GR.
     
  6. jENK

    jENK Producer. Engineer. Mixer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2012
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    It's something that I wouldn't normally do but it's certainly not wrong. If it sounds good then do it! At the end of the day trust your ears.
     
  7. KoMa9

    KoMa9 New Metal Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2014
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    I find it way more effective playing with the dry/wet knob on a drum buss compressor. let's say you have a more mellow verse and the big chorus. Compress the drums less during the verse and more during the bridge or chorus. great trick to give the song more impact. I did that on this lil rocker I produced with my band. When the big guitars kick in, the drumbuss compressor is working. I really like it that way.

    Other then that not sure if i would compress the mix up to 4 db (especially when using already other buss compressors) but that certainly depends on the material.
     
    #7 KoMa9, Aug 9, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 23, 2015
  8. El_Gato

    El_Gato I love this gain

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,352
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Spain
    I don't mind if it's not compressing the quietest parts.
     
  9. ATLA

    ATLA Member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2007
    Messages:
    1,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    The North
    you could use a more gentle compressor just to keep the quiet parts consistent and keep the ssl on the loud parts for dynamic impact.
     

Share This Page