It has been determined that our use of compression has been a bit bolder than we would like so today I have been assessing the situation as I work on engineering some RHY's. In order to ensure that we are not over utilizing the compression tool, it is requested that the following process be put into play immediately.
1) When engineering RHY's 0->1, utilize doubling, dynamics and a graphic eq. If you run out of graphic eq's do to the amount of tracks to be printed, simply apply doubling and dynamics for the print (usually there are two tracks left without a graphic eq for the first print.).
2) For the dynamics, keep the ratio at the lemniscate (infinite, 00) and attack at 0. To find the appropriate release level, set the thresh to a bold setting such as -15db and ride the release pot to find the right setting. When the release setting is chosen, THEN *set the thresh to a level >= -5db (greater than or equal to -5db where -6db is less than). We will NEVER set the thresh level less then -5db (ie -5.1, -6,-7,-8,etc) unless there is a production need to do so in order to achieve a desired result beyond this new standards realm of capability.
3) The GR meter will not be utilized in the same manner as we have been using it for, from here on out the GR meter should NOT display ANY signal whatsoever. If the thresh has been set to an appropriate setting (*within the criteria described in step #2), and the GR meter IS showing movement, we will need to reduce the thresh until there is NO movement in the GR meter. (There will be situations where the GR meter may display movement and a decision is made to proceed, operator discretion is advised and granted but the standard has been set as a general rule of thumb, thus no blanket statements yet again.)
RECAP, we will go over this in the studio as well because this may seem a bit confusing from a readers standpoint. Basically when we engineer RHY's from steps 0 through 1, we will utilize the dynamics but never set the thresh below -5db to ensure integrity of sound while still achieving the desired positive effects the compressor has to offer.
Please reply with any questions or concerns you may have in regard to this new modification to our process. This is something we have talked about time and again and I think this enhancement will bring us closer to the direction we want to go in, ensuring we are not destroying the quality of our works by over utilizing the compressor.
Thank you for your time!