Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying attack and release, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
You might think that using the compressor's fastest attack and release times…might be the best practice for compressing an audio signal.…While sometimes this is true, very fast attack and release times have their own…set of potential problems, and you will often hear the compressor's character…more apparently using faster settings.…Too fast of an attack time can make a signal sound dull and shave off its attack.…The difference between a one- millisecond and a five-millisecond attack on a…snare drum can be very apparent in the bite of the transient, especially with…more aggressive threshold settings.…
(music playing)…A fast attack can be a positive thing too.…A super-fast attack can mellow out a signal's transients so that they don't…stick out of a mix.…Consider an aggressive pick rake of an over-strummed acoustic guitar.…(music playing)…A fast attack setting on your compressor can help tame the signal's bite and make it…play nice with the other instrumentation.…
(music playing)…Now let's talk about release times.…
AuthorBrian Lee White
- Measuring amplitude
- Understanding dynamic range
- Introducing compressors
- Utilizing compression ratios
- Applying attack and release
- Evening out a vocal performance with compression
- Adding punch and sustain to drums
- Using compression presets intelligently
- How to record with compression
- Solving common mix problems with limiters
- De-essing a vocal track
- Using gates and expanders
- Controlling frequency content with multiband compressors
- Using sidechains creatively
- Keying gates and compressors
- Fixing overcompressed tracks
- Using mixbus compression
- Working with parallel compression
- Compression and limiting best practices
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 1/10/2014. What changed?
A: The Get in the Mix videos have been updated to the most recent version of Pro Tools. Also, the course now includes free Get in the Mix sessions for two more DAWs: Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 11.
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