The kind of compression being discussed here is a mastering issue, not a production issue.DigitalDjigit said:Thank god for compression. It rescued us from rickety drum sounds in techno. Whatever you may say about hard loopy techno since '98 or so, the impact of it is so physical, it just grabs you by the balls.
You could push those finished rickety drum techno records through a brickwall limiter set to the "Christina Aguilera Single" preset and they would still have rickety drums. They'd just be easier to pick out on your car stereo as you drive at 70mph, or on your radio's 3" mono speaker as you do the washing up.
As Slothrop pointed out... no-one's is undermining the usefulness of compression during production either as a tool or even as an effect when "abused".