I can't believe that you've provided a reply to a post I made a year and a half ago!
I'll be sure to give Audacity another try. If your skills as a programmer are half as good as your organizational skills, it should be a real winner!
Best wishes for the holidays.
Richard Ash <richard@...> wrote:
On Fri, 2004-05-07 at 07:31 -0700, Steve Katz wrote:
> I'm writing to follow up on my post from a few days ago. First off,
> thanks to all who have worked so hard on Audacity. Nothing in this
> post is meant as a criticism.
> On Audacity's built-on compressor, I have used generated test tones to
> confirm that the compression effect is, in fact, greatest when the
> slider is set for 1.5:1 compression and least when set to maximum
> The threshold control has effects that are hard to figure out. When
> the compression ratio is set to 1.5:1 and the threshold is set to -36
> db, the actual threshold is at least -60 db, if not lower. Also, the
> attack time slider doesn't seem to have any effect under these
> conditions, as the attack time is always nearly instantaneous. At
> higher compression ratio settings, the actual threshold seems to rise
> for a constant setting of -36 db.
> Feature request one: If the built-in compessor effect is revamped, I
> would request the ability to set the threshold down to -60 db, or even
> to have no lower theshold at all (like the 1978 vintage dbx 119). In
> order to make something like Mahler's First Symphony listenable in a
> car, you need to apply 3:1 (or a little higher) compression from a
> threshold of -60 db. A "hard" knee is best, as long as the attack
> time can be adjusted. This might not sound very good at home or in a
> studio, but it's what you need for this purpose.
> This is why the Classic Compressor from Kjaerhus hasn't worked out for
> me. It's a nice compressor for modest compression, but you can't set
> the threshold low enough. The lowest labeled threshold is -40 db,
> which seems to be more like -35 db using test tones.
> Feature request two: The Endorphin compressor from Digital Fish
> Phones can't be used in Audacity. The window is garbled at the bottom
> and a number of controls can't be read or set. The author says that
> this compressor was specifically designed to apply a lot of
> compression to final mixes, so it would be fun to try it out.
There's some major fixes in 1.2.4b to the compressor, which should help
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