[LAU] OT: Dynamic range compression on classical recordings

Peder Hedlund peder at musikhuset.org
Fri Oct 10 09:55:20 UTC 2014

Quoting Jonathan Gazeley <Jonathan.Gazeley at bristol.ac.uk>:

>> * In most cases peaks are very short, and a peak limiter will
>>   remove them and allow 5 dB or more extra gain without any
>>   perceptible artefacts. The best one for this is zita-dpl1
>>   which was designed exactly for this type of use. I've used
>>   it on all recordings I made the last years, without exception.
> This sounds helpful. I will experiment with this. It might not help
> though, since in my case, the peaks are not normally too short. The
> loudest parts are full choir and pipe organ, while the quietest parts
> are solo voice.

In that case you might need to use some gain automation to raise the  
solo voice instead of squashing the choir.
It's relatively easy to do that in Ardour.

  - Peder

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