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How To Set Your Drum Compression Attack Time Perfectly

Written by Eric David Smith on May 22nd 2016

Compression can be a tricky one to get your head around, and even if you've got your head around the threshold and ratio settings without the attack and release times being set correctly it will always be difficult to get the desired effect. This quick tip will outline a really handy trick I learned from a friend a few years ago which allows you to get your attack and release times just right. It's primarily designed to work on drums but the same principles will apply to any percussive sound.


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