[Ardour-Users] bus strain on computer resources
nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Thu Dec 13 07:10:45 PST 2012
On 12/13/2012 02:18 PM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-12-13 at 10:58 +0000, John Rigg wrote:
>> I've never used parallel compression in 25+ years of sound engineering
>> work for example, as I've never needed it.
> In around 30 years too, I never heard of
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_compression . For my taste simply
> using a (multiband) compressor in a more common way already let the
> music sound very artificial.
The whole point of parallel compression is a more gentle, natural sound
that does not compromise transients and _only_ boosts soft passages,
leaving loud parts effectively untouched.
In short, it does what 99% of people think a compressor does, and which
99% of compressors have never been able to do.
It's not about making music louder, and it is totally unrelated to
multiband compression as such (although multiband parallel compressors
exist). It's also not part of the loudness race evil. The main use case
for parallel compression is (tasteful) mastering for instrumental (even
Parallel compression has been over-hyped a little, but gearhead
journalism thankfully doesn't change physics or affect the usefulness of
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