Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Get in the Mix: Using mix bus compression, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
…Now that we understand why bus compression is so powerful as a mixing…tool, let's get hands on with an example, and get in the mix.…Take a listen to this full mix with the bus compression bypassed.…It sounds pretty good.…But I want to get just a little more lift out of the lower…level details, and tuck in the transients a bit to glue everything together.…Now listen with the bus compression enabled.…Here I'm using an attack of five milliseconds,…to allow some of the transience to punch through…and a release of 200 milliseconds or about an…eight note in this song, based on the tempo.…
Generally, I only want to get no more than a db or two of gain reduction.…Just enough to tie things together and give…me that lift and tuck on the whole mix.…In this example, I exaggerated my threshold settings…just a bit, to make the effect more audible.…But in a real…mix, I might go back and ease off the gain reduction.…While mixed bus compressors are great for gluing a mix together,…they can often do more damage than good when pushed too hard.…
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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