very cool …
and here are the OT Compressor settings i found to be helpful tightening up a 4 bar bassline from a Roland se02 analogue bass synth sequenced by the Octatrack and sampled to a track …
in this instance i have the Master Volume set to neutral zero, not that i think the Master Volume would actually have any effect on the effect settings for an individual track nor for a Master Effect track 8.
although possibly more relevantly, i have the individual volume for the bass loop sample (currently on Track 5) set to minus 14 … as the individual volume is before the effects, in this case for the Compressor, the individual volume would in fact have an influence on how the Compressor for that track is behaving. If in fact that signal path is working similar to a real-world scenario where a hardware compressor does respond differently to lower or higher sound pressure level of the incoming signal.
[ Individual Track Vol: -14 ]
Makeup Gain: 6
[ RMS: 76 ]
fairly important to note I doubleclicked the FX1 button to access further settings for the Compressor and set the RMS to be 76. This setting is actually a ratio of the mix of two types of compression: Peak and RMS. All the way left means the compressor behaves in Peak mode, reducing volume peaks. All the way right sets the compressor to behave completely in RMS mode, uplifting lower volume parts of the signal.
Anyway the result (hopefully) is a tighter, funkier slightly more “pro” sounding bassline to integrate enjoyably with some partly gritty slamming minimal techno funk drums at 138bpm lolzor.
note: I also increased the overall Level of track 5 to make up for the slightly lowered volume, without adjusting the individual Vol nor the compressor makeup Gain, as those two controls are playing a part in the sound design.