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compressing without warmth
post Sep 24 2012, 04:43
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hello. i have an old track from an old cd that has very low volume. i've amplified it in audacity as much as a can without making it clip, but even when maxed out at 200% in vlc it's still pretty low.

now i've used waveart's finalplug to compress it by a couple of decibels, but i don't like the warmth it produces, and it just doesn't sound as dynamic as the original for some reason (even the parts that don't hit the top [or bottom?] of the waveform). after i wasn't satisfied with that, i just amplified the track in audacity and checked off 'allow clipping', but of course that's not the proper way to do it.

so basically what i would like to know is - is there a way of compressing a full retail mixdown without adding warmth? the result i'm looking for is amplification without clipping... so instead of 'compressing' the waveform i'd like to amplify it and 'limit' the peaks...

i hope i'm being clear... thanks!
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