Kenny's Tip of the Day - Use MORE Compressors that Compress Less!!!
What I mean by this is that it's better and more transparent to use multiple compressors at multiple stages than trying to compress an instrument using one compressor at one single point.
Let me give you a few examples. For Drums, I like to compress the Kick and Snare independently. But later down the chain I may compress all of the drums together. I'll also add in a Crush Buss which is the entire Kit compressed a lot and mixed back in with the original drum tracks. Finally, I'm compressing on the Stereo Buss.
By doing it this way, I'm actually compressing the drums 4 times. But each compressor can be working a bit less. Creating a more subtle effect or subtle artifacts while still controlling the dynamics dramatically.
If I'm dealing with a very dynamic vocal, I can add a bit of compression first to smooth it out but add another more aggressive compressor after it to just hit on the really loud moments. Sometimes I'll even add a 3rd compressor in between to do a bit of both. So the quiet moments get one compressor, the louder moments get two while the loudest points are being hit by 3 compressors. This also minimizes the negative effects of a compressor working too hard while also limiting the track's dynamic range.
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I hope this message finds you well. Kenny Gioia