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Compressor automation at Mastering stage

TimeTraveller
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Posted : Jul 11, 2018 12:24:35
Does anyone of you automate the compressor in mastering, on a dynamic tune with some quite(r) parts?
Never heard about it apart from a guy I saw in youtube, recently. He explained that he uses this method, especially for parts in the mix without any (kick&)bass.. for instance. Sounds like a logical improvement to me.

Any experiences with it?

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frisbeehead
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Posted : Jul 21, 2018 23:41
My opinion on this is that automation like you've briefly explained here is best done during the mixing stage.

Simply because it's best to have your mastering dynamics treatment be as transparent (invisible) as possible and any sudden moves on something like the threshold level might call attention to what the compressor is doing, i.e. it would cause some intermodulation and other oddities and inconsistencies.

It's my understanding that on the mastering stage you really don't want any of the processing to call much attention to itself.

Whereas on the mix stage, this kind of automation can make the difference between a nice track and huge one, that feels much more impactful. It's also nice to set a bus compressor and feed it with slightly different input volumes, for different parts, if you're into that sort of thing, either on groups or master track (if you're really confortable with it). Same reasoning goes for a little EQ, specially the "analogue vibey kind" mind you.

Keep on tweaking
TimeTraveller
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Posted : Jul 24, 2018 01:26
Very interesting interesting read. Sounds logical & makes sense. Now feels better so back to the mix. Thanks mate           https://soundcloud.com/shivagarden/cosmotropics
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