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  • Compressor Settings - What's working for you?

    Hey folks,

    What are you guys using for compressor settings on your recorders? Also, why is the decay setting limited to 100ms on Nomad and Maxx? Is there anyway to adjust the "knee"? If not, what is the spec on the soft knee?

    Here's what I'm using so far, feel free to comment:

    Input Compressor: Off (letting Neverclip do it's thing)
    Card Compressor: 1ms attack, 100ms decay, -2dB thresh, 20:1 ratio (brick wall to protect card tracks, since I'm using iso attenuation this will rarely engage)
    Output Compressor: 1ms attack, 100ms decay, -6dB thresh, 20:1 ratio (brick wall to protect camera input or TRX900 STA analog input, will often engage with peaks, maybe 20:1 is too severe?)

    What are you guys doing?

    Thanks!
    -Derek

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    Derek, not sure what your working requirements are, but in broadcast level regime has always been: level up/reference tone @-20 dBFS (or -18 for EBU if you want to be anal), and max peaking at -9/-8 respectively. So, if you're using -6 threshold on your outputs, you're already over (in headroom area) and in risk of crashing against the full-scale brick wall, if you want to use gentle compression instead of harsh limiting. The factory settings are actually quite good, but you might want to increase your ratio gently if you want to reduce overshoots above -9dBFS....hope that helps

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