Hi Ott, I love how your snares sound. I know no two snares are the same, but I just wonder what compression settings (attack, ratio, release) you would normally use, roughly speaking. Cheers!
I don't have any typical settings, each case is different. The same snare on a different day, in a different mix, might have different settings.
As usual, it's a matter of philosophy:
Something like a snare drum, which goes 'Blam!' prominently every two beats all the way through the song, with a frequency emphasis right where the human ear is most sensitive, had better be really good or it'll get annoying very quickly. So time is spent making sure it is assertive but not irritating.
As a starting point I'd say 4:1 ratio, hard-knee, slow-ish attack, fast-ish release, adjust threshold until around 3dB of GR on each hit and then tweak to taste.
Then decide it's shit, try every other compressor you own on every possible setting, replace the sample, layer it up with some handclaps, decide that sounds awesome, change your mind, delete it all and start again. Four times.
Then, inevitably, return to what you started with and decide that, actually, it works really well after all.
Your music sends shivers down my spine...the good kind. Recently read a book called 'The Dancing Wu Li Masters'. Quantum physics beautifully explained and related to eastern philosophy. Found your music the perfect soundtrack. Seemed somehow connected. All the best. Just realised this isn't a question...Ott responded on 04/11/2015 Next question
Hi Ott, I hope you're enjoying the long hours in your studio or frolicking in the hills making the new album. I'm very excited to hear it. I notice you have your tunes available via Bandcamp as well as iTunes, and presumably elsewhere. I'm wondering if you have any experience worth sharing with digital distribution? I'm about to release an EP and am looking into CD Baby, Reverb Nation, et al. Any advice? Best wishes, Andrew.Ott responded on 04/27/2015