Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Building healthy compression/limiting habits, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
I hope you've seen and heard how powerful dynamics processors can be when used effectively.…They have the ability to make tracks come alive, providing power and strength.…But the same tools that can make a track stand out can also destroy it.…Too much compression can take the life out of otherwise lively, brilliant tracks,…making them sound weak and dull.…Here are a couple overall concepts to keep in mind when deciding how much is…too much compression.…Just as a compressor can exaggerate a signal's transient response, making it…sharper or snappier,…it can just as easily take this away.…
Remember, loud is only relative to quiet and hard is only relative to soft.…If you push too hard, you can actually flatten out a track's transient response,…making it sound flat and lacking punch.…Dynamic differences are what make sound and music move us.…They're what make the speaker cones move and our chest thump to the beat of a loud woofer.…You want to control your dynamics, not obliterate them.…Remember, when increasing a signal's average loudness and reducing its…
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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