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Vocal Compression

Next to reverb, a compressor is the next best thing to have in your studio. For those who are a little unsure as to what a compressor does, it reduces the difference between the loudest and quietest parts of a piece of music by automatically turning down the gain when the signal gets past a predetermined level. You see faders on a mixer can be used to set the overall balance of the voices and instruments that make up a song, small changes such as a loud guitar note or a vocal scream are less easy to deal with manually so this is where a compressor comes in. Plus it gives vocals a unique sound that you can hear in every major recording today!
On a compressor you have Threshold, Ratio, Attack and Release.
Threshold: It is the loudest a level can get before the compressor kicks in. You set this level for the compressor.
When the input signal exceeds the Threshold, gain reduction is applied, but the actual amount of gain reduction depends on the 'Ratio' setting. You will see the Ratio expressed in the form 4:1 or similar.
The attack time is how long a compressor takes to pull the gain down, once the input signal has reached or exceeded the Threshold.
The Release sets how long it takes for the compressor's gain to come back up to normal once the input signal has fallen back below the Threshold.

There is no real right or wrong way to use compression. As long as it sounds good to you and what you are trying to achieve. Practice makes perfect.

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