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What is Compression Attack?

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asked Apr 15, 2015 in Audio Terms by AlexTinsley (902,880 points)
What is Compression Attack?

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answered Apr 15, 2015 by AlexTinsley (902,880 points)
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Attack sets the speed at which the compressor ‘acts’ on the input signal. A slow attack time (fully clockwise) allows the beginning envelope of a signal (commonly referred to as the initial transient) to pass through the compressor uncompressed, whereas a fast attack time (fully counter-clockwise) immediately subjects the signal to the ratio and threshold settings of the compressor.