Jussi wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:44 pm
That's interesting, I'm not sure I understand though. Is the analogue button of these compressors intended to make a digital recording sound like an analogue recording? and it does that by adding some artificial noise?
I'm not entirely sure how to answer this, Some compressors may have altered responses to mimic analogue gear but all I can hear is added noise. The odd thing is that while this seems pointless when the instrument is soloed it seems to have the effect of pinning the instrument better in the mix and improving audibility. For CG recording this is not an issue but for a busy pop-rock mix it can be a useful trick.
The danger is having five compressors on the the go each adding noise, so normally I would always switch out of analogue mode and double-check that I have.
I do feel that some noise helps the listener and makes the music more listenable. When notes appear out of silence the effct is unnatural and (I believe) subconsciously disturbing. In live situations engineers will record the empty venue and use this 'noise-space' to link the sections/tracks, but not usually in the studio. I think I could make a case for adding a little noise to CG recordings but would expect some arguments.