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Compressor/Dynamics: supported by which Fractal Audio products?
- Axe-Fx II: yes.
- FX8: yes.
- AX8: yes.
About the Compressor/Dynamics types
- The "Pedal 2" type uses a different algorithm (than "Pedal 1") which is smoother and pumps less.
- CPU usage by both "Pedal" types is much less than the "Studio" type.
- The Dynamics algorithm allows compression or expansion with a single control. When the Dynamics parameter is set to negative values the block compresses the signal, when set to positive values the block expands the signal.
Compressor block or Amp block compression?
- The AMP block has a built-in output compressor (OUT COMP). You can use this instead of a separate Compressor block. It increases CPU usage.
- Cliff: "The Dynamics knob in the Amp block does the same thing as the Dynamics mode of the compressors so you can save a block that way." source
Position of Compressor/Dynamics block on the grid
- Placing the Compressor block after the Amp block makes it interfere less with the amp dynamics.
Compressor/Dynamics and X/Y switching
- The Compressor block in the Axe-Fx II XL, XL+, FX8 and AX8 supports X/Y switching.
- There's no MIDI CC available for X/Y switching in the Axe-Fx II XL/XL+.
- Compressors are used mostly as a 100% wet effect. But there are compressors with Blend or Mix controls. These can be simulated by using the Mix parameter.
Sidechain Select parameter
- You can use the signal that enters the grid to feed the compressor, even if the compressor block is placed further upon the grid, through the Sidechain Select parameter (Studio mode only).
Release parameter (Pedal mode)
- Cliff's comments:
- "Pedal compressors typically have very long release times so the time is scaled by 10 for pedal mode. The time in studio mode is accurate to within a microsecond." source
- "The times are the classic "time constants" for analog circuits, i.e. the time it takes for a signal to settle to 37% of it's final value (e^-1)." source
- Since the Pedal mode does not have a side-chain, this allows for a similar function by pre-emphasizing the high frequencies prior to compression and then de-emphasizing them after.
- The default Lookahead value has been changed to 0 in firmware 16.x, because of detector improvements.
Fast RMS detector
- The “Fast RMS” Detector type in the Studio Comp mimics the fast detectors in classic rack-mount compressors.
- It uses less CPU than the other detectors.
Using Compressor as a limiter
- There's no dedicated brickwall limiter in the unit, but the compressor can be used as such. From the manual: "Setting the RATIO to “INFINITY” turns the compressor into a “limiter,” reducing any level above the threshold to the threshold, applying a sort of “ceiling” or “brick-wall limiting” above which nothing can rise." More information.