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Adjusting the attack and release controls on the Compressor and/or Limiter can have a surprising effect on the program sound. Slower release settings will usually make the gain changes less audible, but will also lower the perceived volume. (music playing) A slower attack setting will tend to ignore the drums and other fast signals, but will react to the vocals and bass.
A slow attack setting might also allow transients to overload the next piece of equipment in the chain. (music playing) It's also possible that any gain changes on the compressor caused by drum hits can pull down the level of the vocals and bass they cause overall volume changes in the program. (music playing) Usually only the fastest attack and release setting will make the sound pump or distort.
(music playing) Also, the more bouncy the level meter, the more likely that the compression will be audible. Quite passages that are too loud and noisy are usually a giveaway that you're seriously over compressing. (music playing) So don't just set those attack and release controls to the middle and forget about them, they can make a big difference on your final mastered sound.
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