MIXING & EFFECTS

Fruity Compressor

Fruity Compressor: Compression is one of the most important effects used in enhancing modern music. It gives kick drums more 'thump', makes bass sound 'fat'. Importantly, compression makes a mix sound much louder.

Compression is a form of automated gain control that reduces the dynamic range of sounds. When the input signal exceeds a predetermined threshold the gain is reduced. The art of setting a compressor is mainly in fine-tuning the magnitude, speed and timing of the automated gain changes so that the compression process does not introduce artifacts. Compressing the peak transients in a signal, frees up headroom to raise the gain of the sustained portions of the sound, this step increases loudness. NOTE: compression represents a trade-off between dynamics and loudness, welcome to the loudness wars!

Fruity Compressor is a variable-knee compressor with built-in peak limiting. The controls for this plugin relate to the relationship between input and output volume. A related, but more sophisticated, plugin is Fruity Limiter

When to use: Use the Fruity Compressor on individual sounds in mixer tracks. It is particularly well suited to vocal tracks, individual kick/percussion and bass sounds. If you are mastering (compressing in the Master Mixer Track) and need to apply compression to a complete mix we recommend using Fruity Multiband Compressor or Maximus instead.

Parameters

Knee Type

While attack controls the speed with which compression is applied, the compressor's knee characteristics control the rate at which compression is applied. Soft means there is a gradual increase from no to full compression as the input volume increases, while hard means the transition from no to full compression is instant once a predefined input level is exceeded.

The actual values for this property mean:

The Vintage compression type emulates the compression curve found on some analog compressors, such as the classic Teletronix LA2A. The major difference is that the compression ratio is gradually reduced at a distance above threshold, slowly allowing the level to go back to a ratio of 1:1. This allows the loudest parts of the signal, such as drum beats and other peaks, to pass without being compressed as much as the rest of the signal. In this way, the Vintage compression type emulates electro-optical analog designs and can greatly enhance warmth and 'punch'. The Vintage compression type also affects the TCR parameter, utilizing a different release time adjustment method.

The R types enable TCR (Transient Controlled Release), a special algorithm that automatically adjusts the release time in real-time to avoid fast compression changes. The release time is adjusted in relation to the current Release parameter setting. Enabling TCR can have positive effects on some types of audio material, and help to reduce "pumping and breathing", while increasing the overall loudness of the signal.

Plugin Credits: Ultrafunk