Dynamic range compression

Audio processing that limits the dynamic range of the signal by amplifying low-level signals and/or attenuating high-level signals.

Dynamic range compression (DRC) or simply compression is an audio signal processing operation that reduces the volume of loud sounds or amplifies quiet sounds thus reducing or compressing an audio signal's dynamic range. Compression is commonly used in sound recording and reproduction, broadcasting, live sound reinforcement, and some instrument amplifiers.

A dedicated electronic hardware unit or audio software that applies compression is called a compressor. In the 2000s, compressors became available as software plugins that run in digital audio workstation software. In recorded and live music, compression parameters may be adjusted to change the way they affect sounds. Compression and limiting are identical in the process but different in degree and perceived effect. A limiter is a compressor with a high ratio and, generally, a short attack time.

Dynamic range compression
  • DRC
also known as
  • Dynamic Distortion
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