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  • compression tricks for a punchy kick drum...

    Please give your compression tips on getting a punchy kick drum sound with a nice even click, to tape.
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    attack ~50ms
    rel -- depends on song tempo; just so it's not still gain reducing by the time the next kick hits.

    threshold adjust according to the level of the signal
    ratio ~ 4:1 or sometimes more

    Hard to give settings on a dynamic effect, as settings are going to have a different effect on different levels of input, different dynamics, players, etc.

    Some people like to compress and mix the uncompressed signal back in.
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    • #3
      I never compress the kick when recording. I'll take the track and do some surgery to it, or a copy of it. Usually limit it quite a bit and gate it at around 200-350ms, depending upon how much body I want on it.

      It's worked great for me.

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      • #4
        I usually limit when I record, so there is no overages, then I compress at about 75ms or so with a quick (5-25ms) release. Then I gate to taste. Then I soft limit again to keep the peaks totally under control.
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        • #5
          bump for more input
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