Compressor or Saturation

Compressor or Saturation

There is a question here. 
When do you use the compressor and when do you use the saturation?

Older hardware compressors, and the emulations that emulate them, often saturate, and in turn saturation will do the compression.

Do you know how to tell?

Just to be clear. 
The main job of a compressor is not to get rid the sound of its peaks.

Compressor role is to stabilize the sound!!!!!!!

Therefore, under certain assumptions, one material will be more suited to saturation and another material to pure compression.

For example, drums and other instruments with sudden sharp and strong transients. 
Such sounds are usually better suited to saturation than compression.

In practice, however, you can use both compression and saturation. 
Or you can use both
You can split the work between the compressor and the saturator.

Sometimes it just sounds better to let the saturator do most of the work and let the compressor compress only gently.

Sometimes all you need is a compressor
Sometimes only a saturator will do, but in many situations you can use both
The answer to the question of when it's one or the other will only be answered with time and practice.

(Some compressors even have the option of saturation built right into the compressor)

So when to use pure compression exclusively?

In case we have a material that basically has no peaks (transients), but instead the material has a fluctuating loudness that we need to stabilize.

(In this case, a compressor is the ideal helper.)


That will be all for today in this short article.

I hope you enjoyed the article and that it helped you at least a little bit.

Greetings from MaiconBeat-Production.