How do I use the compressor/limiter in Cubase LE??

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Member Since: Oct 27, 2007

Hello,

So I posted here earlier and got a great answer to my question so I'm at it again.
I am trying to figure out how to use the compressor/limiter in Cubase LE, which ever one it has. I read in the operation manual that it is somehow attached to the master effects but I cannot find it anywhere, let alone learn how to use it. Anyone have any experience with this who can give me some directions?
Thanks so much for the help..

Brian

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edit0r
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Since: Aug 17, 2004


Oct 27, 2007 06:58 pm

Hey dude. Check out the tips section (www.homerecordingconnecti...story&id=13 in particular). Its got some great articles for beginners.

You know how to insert the compressor on the track though right?

And welcome to HRC!

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Since: Oct 27, 2007


Oct 27, 2007 09:17 pm

hey, no I don't know how to insert the compressor on the track...can you explain.

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Since: Oct 27, 2007


Oct 27, 2007 09:21 pm

oh and thanks for the welcome.

edit0r
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Since: Aug 17, 2004


Oct 27, 2007 10:14 pm

Well if you've recorded your voice for example, click on the track that you have recorded on to and a little pop down menu called 'inserts' will appear on the left of the screen. Click the blue area and then on the 'VST dynamics' plug in.

Now the signal will flow from the file you've recorded, through the 'VST Dynamic' plug in and then to the cubase outputs, so when you change a setting it changes the sound you hear. Easy enough?

Mans reach exceeds his grasp
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Since: Oct 23, 2007


Oct 27, 2007 10:17 pm

To load the compressor, or any other effects you have:

1)select the track by clicking the tracks number, be sure it's highlighted,

2)go to Process- Audio FX- and choose the effect you want to use.

Mans reach exceeds his grasp
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Since: Oct 23, 2007


Oct 27, 2007 10:19 pm

oops... I guess I shoulda read that better, you're using Cubase, not Sonar. Disregard my last post :P

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Oct 28, 2007 06:07 am

ick (and no offense btw) but i'm not sure you're dooin' the 'right' thing necessarily either....

i NEVER use the "process" function in sonar (i'm using 3PE btw). i use it as an insert in most cases so i can hear the effect in real time...if i use the process/render route, it's WAY harder to fine tune as you have to render the effect to hear the results.....

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Oct 28, 2007 06:22 am

so let me get this straight. I just route the signal through the VST dymanic plug-in and that is the compressor? I'm not really following you. I've seen the dynamic plug-in stuff...never used it...but I know what you are talking about. How does the plug-in compress the track?

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Since: Oct 27, 2007


Oct 28, 2007 07:03 am

Ok so I found the compressor, and I used the default settings that were there when i activated it but I'm not sure that it did anything...it sounds the same as before I activated it...perhaps there wasn't anything that needed compressed??...
Another questions. Everytime I goto file > export > audio mixdown and mix it down. Then I use iTunes to covert it to an mp3...well its always much quieter than anything else you would normally hear on a cd...why is that...how can I boost the volume of the overall track to get a normal playback volume on the final mix. I adjust the master volume in cubase but if I turn it too high it clips...any suggestions?

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Oct 28, 2007 07:23 am

the 'quieter' than all things commercial issue is learned in the topics of 'mastering' and 'limiting'...and limiting is a form of compression....call it 'quick' if you will..read up on it and you'll get the hang of it.

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Since: Oct 27, 2007


Oct 28, 2007 11:25 am

alright thanks alot...after I converted the wav to .mp3 and played it, the sound was much louder after using the compressor...thanks alot...I'll work with the limiter as well..should you use both at the same time or just one?
Also when I mix my tracks, should I start out with the master volume as loud as it will go and then adjust the individaul tracks from there to get rid of the clipping or is there a different way I should be approaching this? I messed around with a recording for a few hours this morning and it seems to sound pretty good...there are some issues with it that I need to work out..sometime my vocals are too loud and they clip so I adjust that area and now they are too quiet..but if I increase them at all they clip..how to I adjust for that? Thanks so much for your help.

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Oct 30, 2007 06:22 am

keep your master fader at unity gain (0db) and don't touch it....as for the vocals getting too loud at certain parts....that is what you use the compressor for. compressors make the loud parts quiet, which gives you the power to turn everything (including the quieter parts) up without clipping.....compression is a tricky one to get your head/ears around, it takes time and practice.

edit0r
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Since: Aug 17, 2004


Oct 30, 2007 06:46 am

Light compression, and volume automation is a biggy, and imo sounds better than heavy compression. By hitting the R button and the little + sign on the bottom of the track, you can 'draw' the volume and automate it to make the softer parts louder and vice versa.

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Oct 30, 2007 07:50 am

i concur with col sanders. compression should be sparingly used, unless going for a grand effect. Volume automation is a great tool for adjusting 'parts' instead of whole takes.


Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Nov 02, 2007 04:36 am

F yeah! automation! good point!

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Since: Oct 27, 2007


Nov 02, 2007 06:14 pm

thanks for the input guys. I think I have a handle on things now...

Mans reach exceeds his grasp
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Nov 03, 2007 03:08 am

You guys need to submit a Bio an some personal e-mail info. I'd like to get a hold of ya.

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