Originally Posted by jbvdb493
I am curious about the most accepted spot in an effect chain for compression.
I know it's not really a hard and fast thing but what I am trying to get at is if I should use a comp on my drum bus before other effects like drive, filter delay etc.
So is there a consensus? I would basically like to see others opinions I have been testing out using the MPC stereo comp on my drums and then sending them into octatrack for further processing but it doesn't seem to sound as nice that way.
it depends what youre trying to achieve with the compressor, as well as the other effects.
its important to remember exactly what the compressor (and other effects) will do to the signal.
for example, an EQ will affect the dynamics of a signal and a compressor will affect the tone, so whichever order you put these in you cant win, you just have to weight it up and choose depending on what you are trying to achieve.
and take your drive example, drive will usually eat up dynamics because of the nature of how it works (although there are dynamic distortion units out there), so this will make it harder to apply dynamic control that depends on the peaks, and conversely will make it harder to apply distortion to transients only if you have already compressed them.
i know this is not really an answer, but there is no real answer. its important to know what your effects are doing to the sound when using them, i mean everything they are doing, "under the hood" if you will.