I never got a solid grasp on compression, even after years of producing and mixing...
Look, I understood how a compressor works—in theory.
In practice, I had NO CLUE what I was doing!
I’d put a compressor on every track because… let’s see what it does?
Then I’d arbitrarily adjust the parameters.
The moment I thought I kinda “get it,” a new element would enter into the mix, and everything just fell apart.
I’d waste a lot of time and then finally say “SCREW IT!”
Most of the tutorials didn’t help either…