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!

Tutorials


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



Comparing Different Opto Compressors



Intermediate

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



Compressing Roland TR 808 Kick Drums


Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing screen shows d16's nepheton plugin

Intermediate

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



Compressing Roland TR 909 Kick Drums


low end screen showing the famous 909 beat machine

Intermediate

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



Compressing EDM Drums Beats



Beginner

A detailed tutorial on 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



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



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


Compressor Types - FET , Opto, VCA and Vari-Mu screen shows the slate vari mu compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats



Intermediate

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



The 4 Modes of Compression and Expansion


Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Feed-back Compression


Feed-back Compression screen shows tdr nova feed-back compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



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


Compressor Types - FET , Opto, VCA and Vari-Mu screen shows the slate vari mu compressor plugin

Intermediate

Detailed explanation of the various types of compressors with processed before/after audio examples to display the differences between compressor designs.
Duration: 18 mins



Negative Limiting using Valley People Dyna-mite


Negative Limiting using Valley People Dyna-mite screen shows vallep people's dynamite expander plugin

Advanced

What is negative limiting, how does it work and how to use it. In this tutorials I show you how to use negative limiting to process vocals.
Duration: 5 mins



Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors


Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors screen shows the klanghelm dc8c compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM


Side-chain Pumping Effect screen shows the sidechain of the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Intermediate

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



Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing


Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

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



Transparent Brickwall Limiting


Transparent Brickwall Limiting screen shows the aom invisible limiter plugin

Intermediate

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



Transparent Limiting with a Compressor


Transparent Limiting with a Compressor screen shows acustica audio pink compressor plugin

Beginner

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



Compression - Science and Application


EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes screen shows the ssl bus compressor plugin

Beginner

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



Processing Low End Kicks


Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals is a deep tutorial on the workings of a compressor, and in this case two compressors in series, and how best to use it for various vocal processing tasks screen shows the cubase stock compressor plugin

Intermediate

Very cool techniques on how to process Low End kicks for a bigger sound!
Duration: 7 mins



Side-chain Pumping Effect


Side-chain Pumping Effect screen shows the sidechain of the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Advanced

Detailed tutorial on how to use side-chaining and filtering to create the famous Pumping effect.
Duration: 9 mins



Using Ghost Triggers for side-chaining


Compressing EDM Kick Drums screen shows the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Advanced

This tutorial explains how to configure a compressor and its side-chain for triggering using what we refer to as 'ghost triggers'. This is a great technique for managing kicks and basses within a mix.
Duration: 8 mins



Layering Vocals using Parallel Compression


Layering Vocals using Parallel Compression (NY) screen shows the boz digital manic compressor plugin

Intermediate

Parallel compression techniques for layering vocals to achieve a big and dynamic sound.
Duration: 5 mins



Using Expansion - the power of Side-chaining


Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work screen shows fabfilter's pro g noise gate

Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to create new textures for a drum beat. Expansion is a well know dynamic that professionals use for a number of corrective and mixing processes.
Duration: 6 mins



Reverb Compression for Drums


Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals is a deep tutorial on the workings of a compressor, and in this case two compressors in series, and how best to use it for various vocal processing tasks screen shows the cubase stock compressor plugin

Intermediate

Cool techniques for processing compressed reverbs for Epic Drum sounds.
Duration: 7 mins



EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes


EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes screen shows the ssl bus compressor plugin

Intermediate

How to use valves/tubes to add warmth and thickness to EDM kick drums.
Duration: 11 mins



Compressing EDM Kick Drums


Compressing EDM Kick Drums screen shows the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use a compressor to shape and colour EDM kick drums.
Duration: 15 mins



Roland TR 808 Kicks and Multiband Compression


Roland TR 808 Kicks and Multiband Compression screen shows cubase's multiband compressor plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use a multiband compressor (MBC) to shape and colour Roland TR 808 bass drums. Getting 808s to swell and bounce has never been easier.
Duration: 7 mins



Layering Drum Sounds using Multiple Layers


Layering Drum Sounds using Multiple Layers screen shows fabfilter's saturn distortion plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to layer drum sounds by using multiple layers and with parallel processing.
Duration: 9 mins



Creating a Huge Low End Kick


Creating a Huge Low End Kick screen shows boz digital's sasquatch kick machine vsti

Intermediate

A sound design tutorial on how to use dynamic processors to create an epic low end kick!
Duration: 6 mins



Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums


Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums screen shows softube's heartbeat drum vsti

Intermediate

Learn how to add 'bounce' and sheen to a Roland TR 808 bass drums.
Duration: 8 mins



Mixing Bass and Kick


Mixing Bass and Kick screen shows the lindell 600 eq plugin

Intermediate

Mixing the bass and kick in a mix can be troublesome, but that can be negotiated by working on the harmonics and complimentary frequencies of each sound.
Duration: 15 mins



Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side


Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side screen shows voxengo's m/s plugin

Intermediate

Advanced technique incorporating M/S (Middle and Side) processing to duck specific frequencies in a mix.
Duration: 7 mins



DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles


DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles screen shos fabfilter's pro q2 equaliser

Intermediate

Advanced techniques showing you how you can master your music using commercial mixes as profiles for use with equalisers that offer a Match eq feature. Take a commercial mix, rip the eq profile and use it to master your own music. Very cool!
Duration: 17 mins



Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing


Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing screen shows d16's nepheton plugin

Intermediate

Get your 808s bouncing like a rubber ball!
Duration: 10 mins



MixBus-Transparent Pre Mastering


MixBus-Transparent Pre Mastering screen shows the psp master buss compressor plugin

Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing Tutorials: How to create a transparent master!
Duration: 14 mins



MixBus - House Music Pre Mastering


MixBus - House Pre Mastering screen shows the tdr slick eq plugin

Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing tutorials: Create a dynamic House master!
Duration: 19 mins



Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals


Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals screen shows the waves f6 dynamic equaliser

Intermediate

Old school technique of ducking an effect within a mix using vocal lines as triggers. Perfect for cleaning vocal lines and managing spoken word in broadcasting and busy mixes.
Duration: 7 mins



Layering Backing Vocals to create Harmonies


Processing Backing Vocals screen shows the tla 100 leveling amp plugin

Intermediate

Let me show you how you can maximise your backing vocals for impact and interest by using band-pass equalisation and layering to create interesting and epic vocal harmonies!
Duration: 13 mins



Downward, Upward and Telecom Compression for Rap Vocals


Downward and Upward Compression for Rap Vocals screen shows hornet's dynamic plugin

Intermediate

A unique approach in managing the Dynamic Range of rap vocals using various compression and expansion modes and topologies.
Duration: 12 mins



Ducking Effects in Real-time using Vocal Triggers


Ducking Effects in Real-time using Vocal Triggers screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to duck any effect anywhere using the vocal track as a trigger.
Duration: 14 mins



Extending the Dynamic Range of Rap Vocals


Extending the Dynamic Range of Rap Vocals screen shows fabfilter's pro mb plugin

Intermediate

A very cool technique demonstrating how to extend the dynamic range of rap vocals.
Duration: 17 mins



Processing Backing Vocals


Processing Backing Vocals screen shows the tla 100 leveling amp plugin

Beginner

Backing vocals are as important as lead vocals and understanding how to process them to best optimise them can be daunting.
Duration: 13 mins



Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals


Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals is a deep tutorial on the workings of a compressor, and in this case two compressors in series, and how best to use it for various vocal processing tasks screen shows the cubase stock compressor plugin

Intermediate

Understanding how to use compression in series to control the dynamic range of lead vocals.
Duration: 7 mins



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