Sound engineers in broadcast radio studios originally developed dynamic compressors to stop the transmitter going down and damaging equipment. But the recording engineers discovered other opportunities for adjusting first the voice, then all instruments, and the compression obsession had begun. Now it has entered the digital age, with analog and digital compressors still being developed every year.
Michael investigates the origins, development and future trends in compression engineering, with examples of the kind of effects you can expect to hear.
Courtesy of Wikipedia Dynamic Range Compression