An investigation into the sonic signature of three classic dynamic range compressors

Austin Moore, Rupert Till, Jonathan P. Wakefield

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Abstract

Dynamic range compression (DRC) is a much-used process in music production. Traditionally the process was implemented in order to control the dynamic range of program material to minimize the potential of overloading recording devices. However, over time DRC became a process that was applied more as a creative effect and less as a preventative measure. In a professional recording environment it is not uncommon for engineers to have access to several different types of DRC unit, each with their own purportedly unique sonic signature. This paper investigates the differences between three popular vintage dynamic range compressors by conducting a number of measurements on the devices. The compressors were tested using: THD measurements, tone bursts and objective analysis of music-based material using spectrum analysis and audio feature extraction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication140th Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2016, AES 2016
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016
Event140th Audio Engineering Society International Convention - Paris, France
Duration: 4 Jun 20167 Jun 2016
Conference number: 140
http://www.aes.org/events/140/ (Link to Conference Website)

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Conference140th Audio Engineering Society International Convention
Abbreviated titleAES 2016
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period4/06/167/06/16
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Moore, A., Till, R., & Wakefield, J. P. (2016). An investigation into the sonic signature of three classic dynamic range compressors. In 140th Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2016, AES 2016 Audio Engineering Society.
Moore, Austin ; Till, Rupert ; Wakefield, Jonathan P. / An investigation into the sonic signature of three classic dynamic range compressors. 140th Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2016, AES 2016. Audio Engineering Society, 2016.
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Moore A, Till R, Wakefield JP. An investigation into the sonic signature of three classic dynamic range compressors. In 140th Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2016, AES 2016. Audio Engineering Society. 2016