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Compression before / after EQ
Old 6th September 2008
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Question Compression before / after EQ

Hi Dave,

A second question for u : which is you way to go when inserting EQ and compressor ?
What would be your rule of thumb ?


Old 15th September 2008
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1st ask if you wanna EQ the compressor, or compress the EQ. Think about this for a minute. Say you have a fat lo-endy kik. You don't want all that 60-80 triggering the compressor. So compress it first to bring out the knock, and EQ the lo end back in. On a guitar you might want to EQ it to get all the strings to sound, or to bring out a certain frequency, then compress it a tad to keep it in a certain dynamic range, or to bring out the attack. Remember, if you put the EQ 1st, then you have to reset the compressor everytime you make an EQ change. But always remember, there are no rules, just what sounds good to you. Experiment.

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