Compression is one of the most important tools in recording modern music and is used in every stage of audio production, yet its one of the least understood by those who record in the home studio. The Encyclopedia of Home Recording has an extensive entry about compression, and an excerpt from it is now available for you to read for free!

AudioTUTS has published an section from the book that covers compression, including what a compression ratio is, how to use the attack and release settings, and the difference between hard-knee and soft-knee compression. Check the article out here.

compression reducing peaks in an audio recording

threshold and ratio in audio compression

controlling sound with compression

hard and soft knee audio compression

For more answers to your recording questions be sure to check out The Encyclopedia of Home Recording, available in trade paperback and Kindle ebook!