Compression is a complicated topic - Hype MiC helps take some of the guess work out of it, getting you studio quality recordings every time.
While the Hype MiC makes it easier to implement compression, it is still a good idea to have a basic understanding of the concept; below, I have attempted to spell it out clearly and simply!
That being said, if you'd prefer to skip straight to the rewards that come with compression, click here to skip to the section about using the built-in compressor inside of your Hype MiC!
In very general terms:
Compressors are used to reduce the total dynamic range of a signal, the difference between the loudest and softest sounds.
All that being said, the easiest way to understand Compression is by hearing it in action:
As you can hear, even though the peak levels of both tracks were precisely matched (in other words, the loudest note of each track was set for exactly the same level on the audio tracks’ meters) the compressed vocal had a punchy, upfront character that made it much easier to mix.
Hype MiC has 3 built in compression settings: Shape, Squeeze, and Smash!
These different settings affect the intensity of the input signal, using combinations of the three parameters discussed in the section above.
The more purple lights, the more compression; the more compression, the less dynamic range; the less dynamic range, the easier to place your recorded audio in a mix.
For a more general overview of your Hype MiC's built in functions, check out this great Quickstart video:
Finally, for some light reading and a better understanding of your Hype MiC, check out the Hype MiC User Guide.
PS: For more information on Compressors and Compression, and to check out the sources of those wonderful diagrams found earlier in this article, check out these two excellent 3rd Party Articles: