Compression is applied when the target range is smaller than the source range and the source signal is within the source range. If the target range is larger than the source range, expansion is applied instead.
Signals outside of the source range have neither compressor nor expansion applied, but are amplified according to the difference between source and target min values. Manipulating the source range and/or target range allows you to compress, expand, and/or apply make-up gain.
One effective process for compressing or expanding with make-up gain is to:
- Configure your source range using the histogram and/or history visualizations for guidance
- Target the particular range of loudness you want to compress or expand
- Configure your target range using target range presets and/or manual configuration.
- Target the loudness range you want the source range to be mapped onto