[LAU] OT: Dynamic range compression on classical recordings

Joakim Hernberg jhernberg at alchemy.lu
Fri Oct 10 10:22:31 UTC 2014

On Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:55:20 +0200
Peder Hedlund <peder at musikhuset.org> wrote:

> 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.
> http://en.flossmanuals.net/ardour/ch044_using-automation/

You can also use "parallel compression" to raise the level of more
quiet parts a few dB without compressing the peaks.



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