I’ve only recently started mixing my own music and I’ve run into problems using compression. Everybody talks about how it can add punch to drums e.g. and generally make sounds bigger and better but whenever I use the Compressor built into Cubase on a drum loop e.g. I never get any of those things. I just get a reduced volume. The make-up gain is definitely not making up what’s lost, so it’s pretty big problem. If I then turn the auto make-up gain off and turn it up manually it’s still not as loud as without compression even when I go above the clipping level. I just don’t get it.
I’m obviously doing something wrong and if anyone can shed some light on what it is, it would be very cool