Check out sidechain compression, this example is for dance music BUT please do not think that is it’s only application. Works really well in multitrack mixes to add a few dbs of headroom and keep your kick present and punchy – try it!
Here are a couple of useful videos to help your understand how some important types of artificial reverbs have been created.
For your research purposes ensure that you can identify and explain:
- A brief overview of the history of compression (from 1930s-today)
- Key innovations
- Typical parameters – threshold, ratio, make-up gain, attack, release, output, knee
- Typical applications
- Side-chaining, parallel compression, limiting, multiband compression.
Here’s a really snappy, visual explanation of compressors which will consolidate your understanding further. Thanks to wickiemedia wherever you are. Nice!
THIS document will give you the lowdown on the history and key parameters of the compressor.
Another useful collection of advice from the ever-informative Sound On Sound Magazine.
This page from the audiotutsplus site is a very helpful guide to reverb types and parameters – with listening examples – this will help to build your understanding of the uses and applications of reverb.