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How do I know what the dynamic range of a track is?
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matthewgorman
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I am trying to learn how to use certain effects/plugs in a more effective manner. My first stumbling block pertains to compressors/expanders. I think I have an understanding of their functionality, so there is a missing element for me.

How can I determine the dynamic range of a track to better use/understand the use of compression on a given track in S1P? I don't see where the included meters give me feedback on that element, and I have yet to find a vst that would provide that. Unless I am using the S1P metering incorrectly. This wouldn't be the first time that the answer was right under my nose.
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http://www.toneboosters.com/tb-ebuloudness/

This is the single most valuable dynamic range and loudness plug-in I have seen and used.

You can also learn a lot from just looking at the waveform. You can learn to see the dynamic range of a track, too. Study the before and after of a waveform of a processed track.

The application of compression/expansion is always a "by-ear" adjustment, for me -- not "by-the numbers." I always want compression to sound smooth, or even non-existent (unless specifically being used as a special effect and where a where a little pumping may be desireable).

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Thanks for the reply. I agree with the "by the ear" adjustment. I find it helps me to see the "science" of what I am doing, to better train my hearing.

I do take note of the waveform, both before and after, but there is no measurement so to speak on any of the screen options that I have seen.

I am new to this type of recording after years in traditional analog studios, and we are in the process of recording the first 5 songs with my new equipment. I only wish I had paid better attention during some of our other projects. Two things are making this project move along. The learning curve for this software is extremely short for me. The other factor is this forum. It blows my mind how much time the power users spend trying to help new users like myself.

Thanks again for taking the time to help.

Matt

Lenovo Thinkpad E520, Windows 7 64bt, 8 GB RAM, Intel i5 Processor
StarTech EC13942 34mm Expresscard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839158010&Tpk=startech%20EC13942
S1Pro V2 (Special Dog Balls Edition), Melodyne Editor, Nomad Factory Studio Bundle, Waves Renaissance Bundle, Firestudio Tube, Faderport, Monitor Station, HP4 Headphone Amp Yamaha HS50 Monitors.
Shure Mics (57's, 58's, and a 1953 Unidyne), Various AKG, Various MXL Ribbon Mics.

1974 P-Bass, 1990 Jazz, 1985 Guild B302, Ampeg SVT with 4x10x15 cabinet

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