[Ardour-Users] Parallel compression - Was OT: bus strain on computer resources

John Rigg au2 at jrigg.co.uk
Thu Dec 13 09:29:14 PST 2012

On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 05:56:22PM +0100, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-12-13 at 16:10 +0100, Jörn Nettingsmeier wrote:
> > 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.
> On the side I googled for examples, but the hits don't include words
> such as "natural", but instead adjectives like "fatter" etc., usually in
> combination with product names, Cubase, Ableton etc.. Does anybody know
> music that was recoded with this technique? A link or name would be nice.
> Is it used by analog studios nowadays too?
> I want to listen to some examples.

Early Motown hits. It wasn't used for effect, but to keep the quieter
vocal parts high enough above the tape hiss on their DIY multitrack.


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