Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Get in the Mix: Maximizing mix loudness with brickwall limiters, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
…A typical audio signal, whether it's one individual instrument…or a multitrack mix, is usually made up of…many quick transients whose amplitude values extend much further…than the average level, or body, of the signal.…These transieants prevent us from raising the overall level of the signal too high.…Because if we did, those transients would exceed…zero DBFS, clipping our output converters and causing distortion.…Now this presents a dilemma for…our human ear, because our ears are tuned to average out loudness over a longer…period of time than a millisecond long…transient hitting the top of our dynamic range.…
So how do we get the average level of our mix up to…a comparable level with the rest of the songs in our music collection?…By clamping down on those peak transients and raising up…the average level of our mix, using a brick wall limiter.…Think of a mix going in to a brick…wall limiter like a spring being pushed in to a concrete wall.…Since the spring can never go further than the wall it is pushing against, the coils…
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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1. Audio Dynamics
4. Special Dynamics Processors
5. Advanced Topics
An Interview with the Author
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