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Old 07-18-2019, 07:24 AM   #19
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you could try some saturation plugins - even when used with subtlety you can radically alter how loud/punchy things sound. this is also important when you want to release more headroom in order to increase overall perceived loudness (without compressing things flat). you will also need to consider how this interacts with the compression you're already using - if you get it right the apparent (perceived) volume will increase when you apply the saturation so when/if you adjust this the actual dB hitting the compressor will be lower, hence less compression. of course, you could also put the saturation after the compressor in the chain - try both ways round!

i'm afraid i've forgotten the youtube video I saw that explained this all, with examples, in a much better way. but the basic concept is simple and you can experiment quite easily with your favoured saturation plugins.
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