We have designed a range of presets in the Ots Labs Dynamics Processor to give the best results in varying audio situations. In broad terms, from left to right the presets increase in their use of compression on the audio. Here is a description of which each is suited for:
Lounge button: Lounge is best for situations where you are giving your full attention to the audio and want to hear it in the exact way the artist intended. That is, without any compression or variance in volume. This preset still utilises the Limiter module which protects spikes in the audio from potentially damaging your speakers.
button: DJ uses the Limiter
and Compressor to control excessively
loud audio, such as bass beats, which are going to be too loud in volume.
This preset is good for doing manual DJing and beat mixing where you want to have more manual control over the volume, and particularly don't want the "AGC" enabled, but still want compression of excessively loud portions of audio as well as protection from spikes, etc.
button: Party is the default preset and is probably the best to
use in most situations. It utilises the AGC
in addition to the Compressor
and Limiter. This preset alters
the volume very steadily, in order to make it difficult for listeners
to even notice the change.
The benefit is that you will have nice, smooth, consistent audio levels flowing from your system without having to worry about manually adjusting anything. The original dynamics of the music are still preserved very well, and therefore this preset is usually the best compromise when all things are considered.
and Radio buttons: The Office and Radio presets deliver the typical
compressed radio sound you hear on FM stations, but obviously the quality
is superior due to the direct use of CD-quality audio. AGC
volume adjustments, as well as overall
compression, are made more aggressively which makes it perfect
for applications in low-volume environments. For example, in the office
you want the volume to be loud enough so you can enjoy it, but quiet enough
so that it does not interfere with normal office activities.
The radio preset excels in tight volume handling. No matter what music is playing, you can be sure it will stay at the volume you want. Many people simply love the compressed radio sound. We are so accustomed to it from listening to FM radio for so long, that it seems to have a kind of magical "air" about it.
What's the general difference between Office and Radio? The Radio preset is more heavily compressed and volume adjustments are more aggressive than the Office preset.
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