Compressor Analysis

Figure out the attack and release characteristics of your digital compressors

Compressor example with 0 ms attack time, 5 ms release time, ratio 8:1

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Compressor example with 98 ms attack, 5 ms release, ratio 4:1

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Reaper has a great tool for analyzing compressor response characteristics. This tool can be helpful to understand how the compressor responds, especially when you are looking for a fast or slow compressor. However, use your ears when choosing the right compressor for your application.

Basic Setup

In a channel strip insert in the following FX order

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1: JS: compscope_src, folow the instructions provided in the interface

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2: Insert the compressor you want to analyse

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3: Insert the JS: compscope analyser after the compressor and run the test from compscope_src

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Native Instruments SOLID BUS COMP

Check how fast the attack response is (fast attack and release)

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Response characteristics. The upper section shows how "fast" the compressor kicks in

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Waves C1 Compressor

Fast attack and 20 ms release

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Response characteristics. With these settings you can really see how the compressor holds the signal in the two lower sections

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Please note, even though this might look good, I find this compressor breaks up when using a fast attack time

Waves RCompressor

Fast attack and release (manual)

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Response characteristics. With these settings you can really see how the compressor holds the signal in the two lower sections

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Waves CLA-2A

Default settings

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Response characteristics

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Waves CLA-3A

Default settings

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Response characteristics

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Waves CLA-76

Default settings, blacky

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Response characteristics

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Default settings, bluey

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Response characteristics

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Waves H-Comp

Default settings

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Response characteristics. The upper section shows how "fast" the compressor kicks in

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Fast attack and release (manual)

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Response characteristics. The upper section shows how "fast" the compressor kicks in

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Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Feedback Compressor II

Fast attack and release

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Response characteristics.

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