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Old 19th June 2022 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Folkie ➡️
Instead of a tube preamp, why not just use a compressor/limiter on a spot mic track to tame the peaks. If you’re doing it after the fact on the iso track you can adjust for transparency.
Compressors are generally way too drastic in their effect and in their sonic imprint. Why not fix this aspect at the source? Good tube preamps are very transparent anyway, but will just not overemphasize very short transients, like most solid state amps do. Also: if you have something like ten (stereo) spot tracks, how are you going to compress them all individually during the mix? I have a few nice compressors, but not five available to use on spots only. (And software compressors don't come close to hardware.)