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 Intermediate

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

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 Intermediate

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

Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats Intermediate

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

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

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

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

Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM Intermediate

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

Transparent Brickwall Limiting Intermediate

How to use a limiter transparently for pre-mastering for your mixes.
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

Compression - Science and Application Beginner

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

Processing Low End Kicks Intermediate

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

Side-chain Pumping Effect Advanced

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

Using Ghost Triggers for side-chaining Advanced

Advanced parallel processing techniques for Low End management using side-chaining with kicks and basses.
Duration: 8 mins

Layering Vocals using Parallel Compression Intermediate

Parallel processing techniques for layering vocals.
Duration: 5 mins

Using Expansion - the power of Side-chaining Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to create new textures.
Duration: 6 mins

Reverb Compression for Drums Intermediate

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

EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes Intermediate

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

Compressing EDM Kick Drums 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 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 Intermediate

Learn how to layer drum sounds using multiple layers and in parallel!
Duration: 9 mins

Creating a Huge Low End Kick Intermediate

A Sound Design Tutorial on how to use Dynamics to create an Epic low end kick
Duration: 6 mins

Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums Intermediate

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

Mixing Bass and Kick Intermediate

Mixing the bass and kick can be troublesome, but that can be handled by working on the harmonics and complimentary frequencies.
Duration: 15 mins

Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side Intermediate

Advanced technique incorporating M/S processing to duck specific frequencies in a mix.
Duration: 7 mins

DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles Intermediate

Advanced techniques showing you how you can master your music using noise profiles.
Duration: 17 mins

Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing Intermediate

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

MixBus-Transparent Pre Mastering Intermediate

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

MixBus - House Music Pre Mastering Intermediate

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

Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals Intermediate

Ducking reverbs using side-chaining with vocals. Old school technique for cleaning vocal lines and managing spoken word in broadcasting.
Duration: 7 mins

Layering Backing Vocals to create Harmonies Intermediate

Let me show you how you can maximise your backing vocals for impact and interest by band-passing and layering!
Duration: 13 mins

Downward, Upward and Telecom Compression for Rap Vocals 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 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 Intermediate

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

Processing Backing Vocals 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 Intermediate

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

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