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Release Time

The amount of time it takes for a processor, such as a compressor or gate to cease operating on a signal after the threshold is crossed. With a shorter or fast release time, the processor will “let go” of the signal more quickly after the threshold is crossed, a longer or slow release time will allow the processor to continue to operate on the signal for a certain period of time after the threshold is crossed. Release time is also one parameter in a synthesizer-style ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release envelope generator.

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