I’m prepping to teach a class in audio and reviewing the course curriculum. There are three chapters on compressors, and they expect the student to be able to identify the sonic and electronic characteristics of them (which is pretty insane). I think this class goes too deep into the specifics of the circuitry without giving a general framework about the differences.
I’m in the section about different types of compression:
From the book: Diode bridge compressors are fully configurable regarding attack, release and compression curves and are independent of the compression element. This type of design is tonally distinctive because of non linearities associated with the diodes.
So is this thing like an optical with a different type of diode, plus non-fixed curves? Am I getting this correctly?