You've probably heard all about the amazing things compression can do for your mix. Add punch, tame peaks, increase the average volume, impart tone, glue a sub-mix etc. But why do producers compress their drums and when should you do it?
Compression is central to a modern producer's arsenal. You've probably heard all about compressors and the amazing things they can do to your sounds (and maybe some of the not-so-amazing things they can do too). Compressors are tricky devices to wield because often their effect is not obvious. All of the moving parts found on a compressor only add to the confusion. Is the compressor attacking or releasing and how do the threshold and ratio play off the other parameters? All this confusion has manifested itself in often more perplexing articles, blog posts, YouTube videos and tutorials filled with truth, lies, myths and legend. T