Thank you for your kind reply, Mark.
The suggestions you gave me are surely helpful, and I will study in
deep some of the things you mentioned.
I agree with you that applying a compressor as part of post-production
would be the most efficient way of having the audio recorded the way I
I am looking at jack too, i'll eventually install pipewire-jack as I
am already running on pipewire, I'll look up for jack-compatible
I'd still like to try implementing this with plain ALSA though, just
to learn and experiment with it.
Let me know if you know how to do it this way too!

Il giorno ven 9 lug 2021 alle ore 00:17 Mark Knecht
<> ha scritto:
> On Thu, Jul 8, 2021, 6:27 AM Kevin P <> wrote:
> >
> > Hello everyone,
> > I own a Scarlett Solo 3rd gen USB audio board, and I would like to use
> > a compressor
> > plugin from the package "alsa-plugins", Arch Linux. The goal is to
> > apply this effect
> > to my voice when I'm recording, always.
> <SNIP>
> >
> > I'm not quite sure this is correct, though. The compressor plugin I'd
> > like to use is
> > named "dysonCompress", it should be shipped with alsa-plugins package.
> > I could not
> > find documentation I could understand about this.
> > Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
> >
> In time critical applications like recording vocals you may find the latency 
> through software plugins to simply be unacceptable as it can really throw off 
> your sense of timing. Most important when recording is to not have the 
> technology get in the way of the performance.
> Should you really want to try it live then I would go with Jack and simply 
> route the scarlett's output, once inside the machine, through whatever 
> compressor you want to try and push the Alsa buffer size down as far as you 
> can without creating xruns.
> In my experience though, especially when beginning, I think you're better off 
> recording the vocal raw and then applying the compressor after the fact in 
> DAW.
> A lot of this depends on your monitoring chain. I Generally find that an 
> uncompressed vocal sent through a cheap hardware reverb in the monitor chain 
> is a great way to approach the problem of getting a good dry vocal on disk. 
> Once the vocal is on disk you can compress it anyway you want. At that point 
> it's just numbers.
> HTH,
> Mark

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