Blog 3


Dynamics processing is crucial to the mastering process and is therefore an important topic to cover in our discussion of mastering techniques. The following will serve as a basic introduction to dynamic audio compression, covering the different types of compressors available on the market, and the basic functions found on most of those units. In later posts we will cover more advanced compression techniques such as side-chaining and multiband compression. Read more...
Rather than revisit the decades old debate regarding so-called “loudness wars”, I would like to put the concept of loudness in different terms. Recently, another mastering engineer and I had a conversation about compression, limiting and their effects when applied to a mix via the stereo bus. As I recall it, I made a joke about receiving a mix with a waveform that looked like it had been given a buzz-cut, i.e., the producer had obviously done some post-processing of his own, with a hard limiter, and sent me a fairly heartbreaking rectangular brick of a waveform for me to master. As I was joking about this with my fellow engineer, he made an interesting comment which put things into perspective for me. He said something like “people don’t understand that transients are what differentiate music from pure white noise. If you keep limiting and compressing a mix, eventually you are just going to end up with nothing but noise.” Read more...