Academy Dashboard Forum Production Mixing Compressor Colors Reply To: Compressor Colors

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Paul Motion
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    Hi,

    Following on from this great little idea from Magnus, I ran the original clean drum loop through a few compressor plugins myself. I went a slightly different direction to try out a few things.
    For each compressor I have 2 settings, one fairly light for a final mix bus and a second quite heavy as you might do for a parallel drum compression. I've included screens for each of the compressors. Quite a few Waves so if anyone wanted to do further comparisons with non Waves that might a cool thing to do. 🙂

    I tried to keep the settings as close as possible where feasible. I found a few dramatic differences between small changes, ie. the difference between 250ms & ~100ms release time on the BSS was significant with the heavy compression.
    I had a McDSP ML4000 Mastering limiter on before the compressor to catch any peaks. -1.0 threshold, -1.0 ceiling, low knee. A screen of the settings for that is also included.
    Screens - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IVo3gOMCfUuaiB7ksvUi8dnCP46l1h_B

    As with the original post from Magnus, probably a good idea to download them all and line them up in your DAW to compare.

    1. Waves SSL G Bus Compressor
    Light - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vAAEJ-1eMmo47chvGOic6GKf2HTccuiY
    Heavy - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SsIM1WIZ3LKWDjCr8Yz5wQY0M29fUvUZ

    2. Brainworx Acme Opto XLA3
    Light - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IkUwNsOvReZe7G-xa5OReJY9m_iEHCUp
    Heavy - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Zg_kj7dcIXlTcV5TeQ-S_KEqKkGASchw

    3. Waves API 2500
    Light - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KQQX2xwPvMel4Axk1COlCr1y7Eyf_GpD
    Heavy - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qkL-38tNUpStgdNdMt3ovhT-wI3ODSXc

    4. Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Channel, (Dynamics only & no widening or drive)
    Light - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1r89MyF4yFZ7UKNYviHy0rXzDHXGyezvJ
    Heavy - https://drive.google.com/open?id=12kfjvTD91tO0C-OWyQrUPWtJKYtmw8XF

    5. Waves BSS DPR402
    Light - https://drive.google.com/open?id=16YDjjOx32XsgRh35yXQvVKgCehTFwNVy
    Heavy - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cP8nwY5rVWbWzsCIgpbf9QTbzQypxdVz

    6. Klanghelm MJUCjnr
    Light - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1V54m6Ga7JTRT36WG2Gcbtsm1cKsgbKHL
    Heavy - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1P9FkIykK6s4-Fv3E1G-N6PK3mC3KfmKW

    7. Waves HComp
    Light - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DNiITAR35uC0_w3C8bnH28rFywiuup4w
    Heavy - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xiWbEWDGZOq-SuK93EFKEm_-5PaakcZv

    Enjoy!

    Paul