I'm feeling really dense. I have an Empress Compressor and would like to better understand what it's doing. Here are my questions: If the INPUT knob controls the amount of signal being fed into the compressor circuit, and compression reduces the gain of the signal, then why does my volume increase (as opposed to decrease) when I turn up the input knob? If compression reduces the gain of loud signals, then why does it also make softer signals louder? Does this not imply that there is some boosting going on somewhere? (this may be related to my first question) Does the MIX knob control the mix of the signal that was fed into the compressor circuit (as determined by the INPUT knob) and the signal that was not at all fed in to the compressor circuit? Cheers!