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What is Hard/Soft Knee Compression?

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asked Apr 14, 2015 in Audio Terms by AlexTinsley (924,900 points)
When using a compressor, what is Hard/Soft Knee Compression?

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answered Apr 14, 2015 by AlexTinsley (924,900 points)
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With hard knee compression, the gain reduction applied to the signal occurs as soon as the signal exceeds the level set by the threshold. With soft knee compression, the onset of gain reduction occurs gradually after the signal has exceeded the threshold, producing a more musical response (to some folks).