Following on the heels or our discussion of EQ, today I want to share the simple truth about compression.
Automatic Fader Control
Compression was actually invented to stop stuff from blowing up. Well, more correctly it was used as a way to protect electronic equipment and tape from overloading. Think about it, audio is very dynamic. A snare drum, a rock singer, an acoustic guitar: all of these can go from whisper quiet to all out ear drum blast in a second.
Before compressors were invented, an engineer literally had to hand ride volume faders to control the signal level before it hit tape, every single time. How annoying this must of been!
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