Fascinating, fabulously thorough exploration of the humble Reacomp Compressor

This might be a bit too much for the Ritalin Kidz out there, but it richly rewards a determined viewer with some fascinating insights and some deep learnin’!..

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Cool thanks for that… I’m going through a bit of a learning phase so this will be interesting!

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It’s the only compessor I use.

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It’s the only compessor I use

I use it quite a bit too, but I’d never really explored its capabilities with regard to the different feed-forward/feed-back topologies etc, so the video was quite enlightening for me. I’m always learning new stuff, and the more I learn the more I realise how little I know.


So the ReaComp is so good (flexible) that sometimes it’s bad? Around 10:00 I saw some of this, as in just don’t push it to its limits on parameters. I guess most plugins actually make you keep within reasonable norms (assuming you don’t do so yourself).

The other end of the Dunning Kruger effect.

I’m pretty much the same, but the end result is probably different to yours Andrew. When I have found something that actually does what I want it to, I tend to stick with it. I don’t have a yearning to go out and discover more. It’s probably because mixing is more of a means to an end to me, rather than an enjoyable pasttime.


I only have one setting. I vary the threshold but that is all. I will say: that 12db of gain reduction which Dan Worral is using gives me the willies. I would never have anything pumping like that unless it was by accident.

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This is something Jordan Peterson talks about. The conservative vs the liberal. I don’t mean to invoke politics at all, it’s just something that even infuses our everyday decisions. It’s keeping the “status quo” vs “pushing the boundaries”. I appreciate that status quo position because to be effective many times you have to stick with what works. He argues that as long as the conservative is willing to change, when necessary (due to changing circumstances), it’s fine. On the other hand, pushing change just for the sake of change can introduce chaos. The pushing is sometimes necessary, but when overdone reduces effectiveness. Name your poison. :grin:

In a field where things are changing so fast, it seems necessary to adapt. But yet, we now have so many options we can get caught up with the constant change. I see it as a constant awareness to keep in some kind of balance.

Yep I’d go along with that. I would just say that although I am status quo-ish, I have usually traveled a hundred miles to get to that point, and suffered a thousand failures, that’s why, when I find something good that works for me, I’m probably not going to change it any time soon.

It’s also a point well made about change. If it becomes necessary, I’m the best person I know at managing change. It doesn’t scare me, I embrace it and run with it - usually while everyone else is still crying about it. That does not affect my general ‘if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it’ ideology.

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Although I’d love to know how to make effective use of everything out there, I think having a go to tool makes the most sense, and keeps you from overthinking.
Andrew, on the other hand, seems to pull a rabbit out of his hat with every knob he touches.
I more or less wonder if a stock compressor does the job, why would you need five compressors?

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Indeed. I would struggle to know what to do with the other four (that I’m not already doing). I do have a separate limiter, I guess you could call that a second compressor.

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