Understand compressor ratios
I believe every engineer has had issues with compression at some point. Understanding the ratio is key. Just imagine a boxer punching different objects.
If your compressor is set to 8:1 ratio that means for every 8dBs beyond the threshold, only 1dB is allowed. It's like punching a mattress, it absorbs most of the energy of the punch.
2:1 ratio is a lighter ratio. Imagine punching a thick pillow, little resistance, but enough to be felt.
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