so the Rytm compressor is pretty sweet.
But I have no idea how to use it “properly”.
Just got new monitors
and want to improve mixing - I guess working on any source material presented to the Rytm inputs is a good way to practice… E.g. it’s fun mangling Autechre’s Untilted with it, this album isn’t very heavily compressed by itself and sounds fucking awesome when further squashed.
But basically, I’m more or less intuitively tweaking around until it sounds ok. Pretty sure my compressor skills aren’t any good and I tend to use the Rytm compressor mostly in certain extreme settings to resculpt the entire master mix until it sounds completely squashed… which can be awesome and has its place for certain tracks, but on others it’s too much/sounds wrong.
Compression is one of these weird topics where if you search, you’re mostly presented with YouTube videos of “to make house, load ableton live, then get [compressor plugin x] and choose [preset number]”.
the section on compression in Olaf’s PDF is pretty cool, from the small bit of text I learned quite a bit. But it describes just one technique, using the HPF sidechain mode.
Any of you know a good resource for learning how to use compressors in general, without presumptions about musical style? Basically looking for something analogous to the Sound-On-Sound synthesis guide…
And do you people feel that the Rytm compressor is a good general purpose device, or would you say it’s more suited to drum bus? It’s the only compressor I have and also lack experience as mentioned.