In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the use of attack and release times with compression and the ways they can be used on percussive sources to shape the envelope of the sound, even to the point of changing the rhythm to some extent.
Attack And Release Times
The threshold and ratio controls are the first controls which should be understood when learning to use compression but once these are understood the attack and release controls are the essential next stage in controlling the effect of compression on the source material.
Using an example of a drum recording made in a large space, the potential to change the rhythmic contribution different elements of the kit make to the overall groove. By carefully setting the release time it is possible to shift the emphasis towards sub-beats.
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