Octatrack Compressor - Dialing it in . .

I’ve been reading the following posts on Subsekt which talk about mixing into the compressor . . . http://www.subsekt.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8418&hilit=Compression&sid=307044a305a4c38cd3ea7feef86be02f

It’s a great collection of posts and really helpful to me as I’m not particularly good with compression.

I’m trying to dial in the compressor to the drum buss on my Octatrack using the method from the Subsekt forum but I’m confused by the release on the Octatrack Compressor.

Is 0 on the release short or long release?

Thanks for any pointers.


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Short (answer).



Attack = time before compression, after the signal is above threshold.
Release = time before stopping compression, after the signal is below threshold.


Cheers Sezare.
Trying to improve my compressing skills. That’s today’s target.

There is no ideal settings, it’s by ear and to taste.


Speaking to what sezare said, there really isn’t a template to fit any material. Compression for groove enhancement is a hard thing to describe but you’ll know when it’s there when you hear it. Sometimes radical compression works, sometimes subtler treatment does the job. Of all the things I love about the OTs compressor it’s the rotary knobs tondiso I’m your settings. Because they’re just knobs and not the usual parameters most comps have, I’m forced to listen when it’s good. Regular compressors usually denote Attack and Release with milliseconds, Threshold in dB, ratio in, er ratios and sometimes this can (I speak for myself) lead using numbers to create a formula which is a form of not listening which (opinion alert!) is always a bad thing.

I prefer to be the blind man sculpting something nice by feel than the chef with a set recipe.

Just my .02 cents

Peace and Patience!


Love that response.



You know what?
I can’t make my 2 compressors work and I need them now.


Dude, get a blind fold and work like an artist!

Make sure all important orifices are covered/protected. :rofl:


I find the OT compressor to be pretty heavy-handed and lacking in the ability to be transparent, which is quite excellent for parallel compression purposes. Some aggressive settings and a mix value somewhere from 10-40% wet always gives me excellent results for adding body and thickness. It has an absurd amount of makeup gain available as well, a little dab will do ya


It was an orifice problem indeed. I found a solution with a screw, but I may receive it in my ass one day! :smile:

Boom. Boom. And Boom.

This is true. It’s a bit of a drunk at a kid’s party but I find that if you use a neighbor track and apply te of them but lwith less individual gain reduction it becomes a bit more musical.

Aside from disengaged metronome to the master pickup machine, another kind of compressor is at the top of my wishlist for an update. I’m not asking for Presswerke but just another flavor from the one we have now(which I love too)

Anyone use OT’s compressor for guitars?
Looking for ballpark starting points suited specifically for guitar.
Somehow I’ve dodged learning proper compressor settings and realize I would really like one on my OT guitar fx chain to even out the volume between chords and notes…

For guitar I usually increase ATK.

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