Compression question: How would you level the volume of some drums if you didn't want to change the attack/sustain of the hits but just wanted each hit to be roughly the same volume?

Ott responded on 04/11/2014

For levelling you'd want a longer attack and release. Set them to their slowest and then adjust them back so that they ride the average volume but don't pump on individual hits. Adjust the ratio to increase or decrease the amount of levelling.

You'll never get every hit at the same level and it wouldn't sound that interesting if you could but you can use the attack and release settings of a compressor to radically change the feel of a groove. You can make a drum part sound subjectively faster or slower with a correctly set compressor.

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