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Compressing a signal with variable DC gain

Submitted by mic on Wed, 11/10/2021 - 10:26

Last week I tested how a compressor would compute the amplitude of a wave if the wave had DC gain. The detected amplitude oscillated. The size of the oscillation itself was the amount of DC gain. That was not as important as it sounded, because the frequency of the oscillation was the frequency of the underlying wave – too fast for most compressors.

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Why the latency?

Submitted by mic on Thu, 05/13/2021 - 21:49

Every time I record a track, the recording is delayed by about 150 ms. It sounds awful. Imagine the playing bass with the prerecorded drums, but then, when listening back, the bass is late on every beat.

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Flanger vs. phaser

Submitted by mic on Thu, 01/02/2020 - 15:09

I read a few articles about flangers vs. phase shifters and watched some videos. I found them unsatisfactory. It is hard to tell the difference. Many videos talk about more or less "whooshing", "bright", and "pronounced", but all of that means little to me and depends on the settings. Also, videos contradict each other.

Having designed flangers and phasers, I would say:

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