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Just curious if anyone would like to share their thoughts about their theory or approach to using Soniformer.
Some questions might be:
* Do you use a curved, custom threshold shape - or a flat one? Both? If so, when/why?
* Do you use higher thresholds (with perhaps higher ratios), or lower thresholds?
* How do you arrive at your attack time settings? Is it all by ear - or is there some theoretical starting point?
* Do you always use greater attack times at lower frequencies? Do you ever "flatten" the attack line/curve? (Why/why not?)
* Does the relation between your attack/release times stay consistent, or does it vary? For example - do you just pick a release time that is x percentage (higher or lower) of the attack time and keep this straight line approach throughout the mix, or does this relation ever vary?
* Do you use Fluffy? If so, why? And - of course, do you feel funny admitting you use a mode called "Fluffy" (just kidding!).
As far as the threshold curve is concerned, this depends on the listening level you are positioning your tune at. Modern recordings usually follow C-weighted curve which corresponds to moderately-loud recording. That roughly translates to a drop below 70 Hz and above 5 kHz, with a dip around 1 kHz. Something like a 'parabola' shaped threshold.
BTW, you may also try using Weighting options - they modify the spectrum analyzer to follow different weighting types.
For mastering applications you should probably use non-extreme ratio (e.g. 1:1.2) settings with the threshold curve moved down rather deep.
On the attack/release, please check out your other post:
Fluffy mode is a thing of preference - if you like how it sounds then use it.