Join Colin Fisher for an in-depth discussion in this video Compression, limiting, and clipping: The famed three explained, part of Advanced EDM Mixing Principles.
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- Compression, limiting, and clipping to me are what I call the famed three because they're probably the most valuable tools that I'll ever use to control loudness and dynamics in my projects or working on projects for other clients or artists, so in short, compression is trying to tame dynamics by actually makings things softer. In the process, while you make it softer, you can change the way that material behaves in terms of volume control, so that's kind of what compression does.
Limiting basically is like a stronger version of compression, so a limiter is a compressor that has a higher ratio, and so it's kind of a more intense type of compressor, and then clipping is, in short, the most intense version, and rather than allowing some peaks and signal through, even after limiting has occurred, instead, it just chops everything off above the threshold of whatever your clipper is set to. Throughout the rest of this chapter, we're gonna go in greater detail about what compression, limiting, and clipping are in the next videos.
- Using dynamics to create power
- Balancing a mix
- Avoiding ear fatigue
- Improving consistency with gain
- Working with compression, limiting, and clipping
- Using subgroups
- Understanding stereo and frequency placement
- Tricks for achieving stereo width