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

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Fri Dec 14 01:43:22 PST 2012

On 12/13/2012 08:17 PM, Al Thompson wrote:
> On 12/13/2012 11:56 AM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>> 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.
> Just out of curiosity - I am really curious about the software they give
> in the examples.  For instance - does the latency remain constant for
> all values of compression/threshold/etc?

usually, compression is a zero-latency operation, unless the compressor 
uses "look-ahead", and then it's a constant delay.

> If the latency varies at all, and they are using "parallel compression,"
> what they are doing has nothing to do with compression, but is simply a
> level-dependent chorus/doubling.

no. provided that both signal paths are aligned precisely, there will be 
no phasing/chorusing whatsoever. measuring and carefully checking for 
artefacts however is always a good idea :)

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