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In this first installment of the Foundations of Audio series, author Brian Lee White shows how to improve the sound of a mix with compressors, limiters, gates, de-essers, and other dynamic processors. The course explains the fundamentals of sound waves, and amplitude, explores common compressor controls, and shows how to eliminate unwanted noise using gates and expanders. The course also demonstrates best practices in compression and limiting in a variety of audio applications and covers sculpting the attack and decay of individual notes with transient shapers and applying frequency specific dynamics control with multiband compressors. Exercise files accompany the course and include special Get in the Mix session files.
In this course, we'll be covering many basic and advanced topics about compression and dynamic processing. While I don't presume that you have any knowledge of these topics, I do recommend having some basic working knowledge of a digital audio workstation. If you need a refresher on the basics of digital audio recording, mixing, and signal flow, you may want to check out the essential training course appropriate for your digital audio workstation in the lynda.com Online Training Library; otherwise, if you're ready, I am ready. Let's get started.
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