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    Compressing every instruments?

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    Do you compress every instruments in your beats? and if yes you know how to compress bass, strings, synths etc etc...???

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    you would only compress a sound that needed more... definition in the mix. Usually I only compress the drums, though sometimes a little compression on a soft string or synth can bring it out a little more.
    Most sounds that come off of keyboard workstations are already heavily compressed/reverbed/souped up and you dont need to add too much in terms of dynamics...

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    Thanks a lot thats exactly what i want to hear! thanks again man.

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    Also, keep in mind, although you may not compress each individual instrument or buss, you will compress the entire mix once it's done and anything that wasn't compressed will then be compressed. It won't necessarily be aggressive, but it will (should) fall in place.

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    Compress only if necessary in the mixing stage...if you're going to get your project mastered, you want to leave the Mastering Engineer room to work out relative dynamics issues between songs.

    As a general note: once you destructively add compression (or limiting) it's very hard to get rid of it (if it becomes a problem in later stages of production).

    That said, use compression to thicken an element, to give it a more consistent or constant presence in the mix.

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    Originally posted by audiotecnicality
    Compress only if necessary in the mixing stage...if you're going to get your project mastered, you want to leave the Mastering Engineer room to work out relative dynamics issues between songs.

    As a general note: once you destructively add compression (or limiting) it's very hard to get rid of it (if it becomes a problem in later stages of production).

    That said, use compression to thicken an element, to give it a more consistent or constant presence in the mix.
    I agree 100% - don't use it unless you absolutely have to.

    Mastering engineers don't like it when a mix is too compressed - gives them a lot less room to work.
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    If compression is required to reduce the dynamic range, that's wonderful.

    If it's needed to add a little "glue" to the mix, that's also wonderful.

    Once it's used for sheer increase in volume at the main buss level, that's where M.E.'s get a little wrecked - That goes with ANY type of limiting on the main buss also.

    A lot of anomalies are common and easy to tackle when it's a steady-state issue. Once there are dynamics controls across the main buss, those issues aren't steady-state anymore.
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    Why would you ever chose to compress a soft sustaining part like a pad or strings? Unless of course some type of filter sweep is giving it an amplitude peak?

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    Originally posted by Buddha
    Why would you ever chose to compress a soft sustaining part like a pad or strings? Unless of course some type of filter sweep is giving it an amplitude peak?
    Even then, just use a volume envelope.

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