Ots Labs Dynamics Processor meter explained

The Ots Labs Dynamic Processor gauges show real-time audio characteristics of the dynamics processor. The first gauge is the input level, second is AGC (Automatic Gain Control), and the third is the compressor.

Dynamics Processor gauge description:

Input level: This green gauge reflects the volume of the audio input into the dynamics processor.

AGC (Auto Gain Control): The yellow AGC gauge shows whether the AGC is currently boosting or cutting the volume of the audio. If it is a negative number, it is bringing the volume down. If it is a positive number, it is boosting the volume up. This is done first before the audio passes through to the compressor and limiter.

Compressor: (red gauge) The compressor clamps down any audio which goes over a certain threshold of loudness. The compressor and limiter help protect speaker equipment, and keeps the audio level inside a tighter range.

Note: There is an input level control in the dynamics processor dialog box. The input gauge shows the input level of the audio before it passes through this input control. Therefore there can be a difference between the input and output gauges even when no AGC or compression is currently taking place, simply as a result of the current setting of this input level control.

In essence, the AGC, compressor and limiter all do the same thing: control/alter the volume of the audio. The difference is in the speed at which they exercise their control. For example, the AGC has a slower, more gradual control. It will allow very rapid increases in audio level to pass through unaffected. The limiter is at the other extreme, within 1 millisecond it can clamp down on a passage of audio that is too loud.

The use of all three processors make for the best overall audio quality, in terms of faithfulness to the original signal, and yet desired control and effect.


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