I’ve been hearing contradictory information on how to tune a compressor for a kick drum, or any sound with a spikey transient.
Some say you want to set the attack to as fast as possible using a FET compressor (known for their quick attacks) in order to snag the transient immediately.
Others will tell you to ease back the attack a bit to allow the transient to punch through.
When I’ve used compressors on my kicks, and admittedly my experience here is somewhat limited (no pun intended), I’ve noticed that I get more power when I’m not setting the fastest attack, but a moderately fast attack.
Would love to hear your experience or thoughts on the two approaches here.