Compressing tracks


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Compressing tracks

Every track of audio you could record and indeed every one in this song we're working on has a dynamic range. The dynamic range of a given recorded track is a way of quantifying how soft the soft parts are and how loud the loud parts are. A simple way of describing it might be that if the softest note I played on the bass is at -4.0 dB and the loudest note I play is at +4.0 dB, then the bass part has a dynamic range of about 8 decibels. Audio compression seeks to reduce the dynamic range of a given track, compressing it at a defined ratio like 2:1 or 4:1.

Results are often that the softest things become louder and the loudest things become softer, sort of allowing you to raise the overall level of the entire part without having peaks that jump out over and start distorting. Compression raises the quiet stuff and turns down the loud stuff. The effect is often that the sound is tighter, brighter, maybe even slicker, and when some people say that something sounds very produced, one of th...

Compressing tracks
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Compressing tracks provides you with in-depth training on Audio + Music. Taught by Todd Howard as part of the GarageBand '11 Essential Training

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Audio + Music
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GarageBand
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