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

John Rigg au2 at jrigg.co.uk
Thu Dec 13 11:56:30 PST 2012

On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 07:34:03PM +0100, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-12-13 at 17:29 +0000, John Rigg wrote:
> > 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.
> Is it used for single instruments and voices only and usually not used
> for the stereo sum? On old professional recordings stereo sum
> compression often does "pumping" or at least there are sometimes strange
> loudness jumps.
> I read a little bit about “Motown Trick”, “New York Drum Trick”, it
> seems to be not used for the stereo sum.

When used to reduce tape noise it would have to be applied to individual
tracks (lead vocals in the example I mentioned) before hitting the tape.


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