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Upward compression with Studio One by Ferenc Toth

Posted by Johnny Geib on June 14, 2013 at 3:45 AM

Upward compression with Studio One

This may be one of Studio One’s best kept secrets, but did you know that it is possible to upward compress with stock plugins in Studio One? The regular compressor plugin which comes with Studio One can only compress downwards; however, the multiband compressor which comes with Studio One Professional can also compress upwards (sorry Artist and Producer users!). A multiband compressor allows specific frequency ranges to be compressed individually, but when I need to apply upward compression to the entire spectrum, I can set this plugin to act as a regular broadband compressor. Let me show you how.

What is upward compression?

The compression we are all most familiar with is called downward compression. Simply put, this type of compression makes loud sounds quieter. Imagine a little man sitting inside your DAW riding the volume fader--he turns the volume down whenever the audio signal gets too loud. With upward compression he turns the volume up whenever the signal gets too quiet. Therefore, with upward compression the quiet signals get boosted and the loud signals stay the same. Both types of compression reduce the dynamics of the signal (that is, the difference between the quiet and the loud parts) but go about different ways of achieving it.

Click here to read or download the entire blog. Thanx again to Ferenc Toth for a killer blog!!! https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14142004/Upward%20Compression%20with%20Studio%20One%20by%20Ferenc%20Toth.pdf 

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Reply John Clark
8:20 AM on June 14, 2013 
Nicely laid presentation Ferenc. Thank you for sharing.
Reply dbpro
10:57 PM on June 15, 2013 
Johnny that would be a great video to do...Upward Compression...All the best
Reply Bullpit
1:23 AM on June 23, 2013 
Great explanation on settings that we have been tentatively trying, but now using regularly.
Thanks heaps !!
Reply GazzerG
8:05 AM on October 24, 2014 
My eyes are decompressed! I didn't see it like that before. Cool
Reply Porky
2:07 AM on November 2, 2014 
GazzerG says...
My eyes are decompressed! I didn't see it like that before. Cool

Reply danam
7:33 AM on January 23, 2016 
Well I just tried it and it does not seem to work the way it is described. Simply because the gain setting of the chosen band does not only affect the signal below the low treshold but also the signal above the high treshold. You can even see it when you turn up the gain. You can hear it easily , especially when you have very little room between the low and high tresholds and your signal is above the high treshold most of the time. An upward compresser would not raise the gain of anything above the treshold. At least that is my understanding. Or do I miss something here?