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    1176, SSL Buss Compressor, Precision Buss Compressor, and Precision Channel Strip all have fairly standard controls and would be good to learn on. LA2A, Fairchild, Neve 88RS and 33609, SSL Channel Strip, API Vision, DBX 160VU, Valley People Dyna-Mite, and Tube-Tech CL1B all have functionality (or lack of) that do not translate to other compressors.
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    Does it mean Uncle Eric has not interest for Summit TLA100 ?

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    imo the LA2As have easy controls but are the easiest to get wrong. It's so easy that you think you did it right, and miss out on certain discrete things. At least for me I do that all the time.

    I am not sure that compression is ever easy.
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    I would say all that have the generic controls to at least learning how to operate without being abstracted away. I always start with my daw's
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    Quote Originally Posted by shimel View Post
    Does it mean Uncle Eric has not interest for Summit TLA100 ?
    I don't own it.
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    here is also a nice video class that covers all the basics and you will learn what compression is and how to use it, its well taught and easy to understand:
    https://www.creativelive.com/courses...raham-cochrane

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    its really incredible what you are capable of doing with compressors once you start to understand the basic princples of it, how they work and then when you start to work with attack and release times

    PS: for start i also want to recommend compressors that show what the signal alteration looks alike, when they are compressing, they will display a line over the material analyzer how the compression curve this is also good to understand the principles, i find that izotope alloy (or neutron) and fabfilter pro-c does that very well, you will notice how the compression curves visually changes if you, for example set the release from fast to slow or the vice versa, or change the attack time to super slow, or working with treshold and ratio parameters
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    Quote Originally Posted by exoslime View Post
    here is also a nice video class that covers all the basics and you will learn what compression is and how to use it, its well taught and easy to understand:
    https://www.creativelive.com/courses...raham-cochrane
    Thank you exoslime, very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazlermac View Post
    LA2A if you’re looking to add some compression to a track without complexity.

    Think of it as an automatic volume leveler.

    You shouldn’t do too much damage with it as long as you don’t abuse it.

    After that an 1176 - adds a few more controls, and can work great in combination with the LA2A.

    Both also add a nice tone to a track along side their compression.
    Looks like this is the easiest ! LA 2A. 2 controls basically! will take a look at the demo version. Thank you
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    I found this article very helpful. Printed out a PDF copy of this page. Dynamics Processors - Compressors / Limiters
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwd View Post
    I found this article very helpful. Printed out a PDF copy of this page. Dynamics Processors - Compressors / Limiters
    This does look good actually, thank you mwd.
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