Compression

Compression and Limiting are processes that control the dynamic range (loudness) of audio.

Managing dynamics is a professional technique that can produce GREAT sounding results! In essence we are controlling the quietest and loudest parts of audio. The type of compressor we use and, more importantly, the manner in which we use it will have a big impact on your production.

The most common forms of compression are downward and feed forward compression. However, in the right hands compressors can do WAY more than the traditional ‘squash and boost’! The videos in this category cover downward and upward compression as well as expansion. Additionally we detail different compressor designs such as Opto, VCA, FET, Vari-Gain and some esoteric configurations to round things off!

20 Tutorials available


Compression - Science and Application Beginner

What is a compressor, how does it work and how do you use it.
Duration: 7 mins

Transparent Limiting with a Compressor Beginner

How to use a compressor as a transparent Limiter for pre-mastering your mixes.
Duration: 7 mins

Brickwall Limiting Beginner

A detailed tutorial explaining what a brickwall limiter is, how it works and how to use it on a stereo mix.
Duration: 8 mins

Compression - what is it and how to use it Beginner

What is a compressor, how does it work and how and when to use it.
Duration: 25 mins

Compressing EDM Drums Beats Beginner

A detailed tutorial in how to compress a driving EDM Drum Beat.
Duration: 9 mins

Compressing Rap Vocals Beginner

How to use a compressor for processing Rap vocals.
Duration: 15 mins

Multiband Compression - what is it and how do you use it Beginner

A detailed tutorial on what is a multiband (MBC) compressor, how does it work and how to use it to treat a Hip Hop mix.
Duration: 18 mins

Comparing Different Opto Compressors Intermediate

Understanding the differences in Opto compressor designs and how and when to use them.
Duration: 5 mins

The 4 Modes of Compression and Expansion Intermediate

Covering all forms of Downward and Upward Compression and Downward and Upward Expansion.
Duration: 11 mins

Transparent Brickwall Limiting Intermediate

How to use a limiter transparently for pre-mastering for your mixes.
Duration: 7 mins

Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM Intermediate

Advanced side-chaining techniques for low end management using compressors.
Duration: 19 mins

Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors Intermediate

Learn how to use a compressor to pump and swell a drum beat.
Duration: 14 mins

Feed-back Compression Intermediate

A thorough tutorial explaining both feedback and dynamic compression and how to use it to process female vocals.
Duration: 13 mins

Compressing Roland TR 909 Kick Drums Intermediate

A detailed journey into how best to use a compressor for processing Roland TR 909 kick drums.
Duration: 15 mins

Compressing Roland TR 808 Kick Drums Intermediate

Understanding and exploring Roland TR 808 kick drum compression techniques.
Duration: 12 mins

Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats Intermediate

Transparent and parallel compression techniques for Hip Hop drum beats.
Duration: 9 mins

Compressor Types - FET , Opto, VCA and Vari-Mu Intermediate

Detailed explanation of the various types of compressors with processed before/after audio examples.
Duration: 18 mins

Mix Bus Compressor Topologies - which compressor to use on the master bus Intermediate

Covering the various compressor topologies (designs) for the Mix Bus and how best to use them.
Duration: 13 mins

Negative Limiting using Valley People Dyna-mite Advanced

What is negative limiting, how does it work and how to use it.
Duration: 5 mins

Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing Advanced

An advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to manage the kick and bass in a mix. The expander is used to extend the dynamic range as opposed to narrowing it like a compressor.
Duration: 6 mins

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