Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A Whole New Compressor

Logic's inbuilt compressor plugin, though very useful, is often criticised for being a bit heavy handed. It can certainly be pretty severe!

However, there is an extra hidden parameter that turns it into a whole different beast altogether! It's called the Output Clip parameter, and is "OFF" by default.

However, switch it to "SOFT", and you get an extra level of soft limiting going on, which is really great!

View the hidden parameters in the Compressor plugin, and set the OUTPUT CLIP parameter to "SOFT".

Logic's Compressor working hard:

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The "HARD" function sounds similar to the "OFF" setting, albeit a little more limited, and doesn't do much for me in most cases, but do try "SOFT" mode on a variety of sources. It's like getting a whole new compressor plugin!

Further reading: Logic Pro 7 PlugIn Reference Manual - page 41


At 5:59 PM, Blogger tngregory said...

i just wanted to say thank you for your time, effort and enthusiasm. this blog is the best. i cannot wait to see what lies in wait for future posts. i would put my vote in for gating on the ES2, arpeggio set ups and vocoding.

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Bee Jay said...

Thanks! Request duly noted.

I'm trying to mostly limit the blog to little "did you know?"-type things that people can quickly and easily absorb, rather than longer tutorials or complete guides, at least for now.

We shall see, I guess! ;)

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good lad!

At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a healthy mix of all types of tips, including some lengthy tutorials and complete guides when your time permits, would be great, especially if you continue to use movie and picture illustrations!

Thanks again for everything your doing for the logic community! It is VERY much appreciated!

At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hey, just wanna say thx... Great info here, I check almost everday on wassup. Just started using logic as my sole production tool.... Its great to have help.


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