Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Get in the Mix: Working with parallel compression, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
…Parallel compression is the process of combining an uncompressed version…of a signal with a compressed version and blending to taste.…This best of both worlds approach preserves the…dynamics, openness, character, and frequency response of the…unprocessed signal, while solving the issue of an…overly dynamic track getting lost in the mix.…When a compressed waveform is combined with…an uncompressed waveform, the result is purely additive.…The peaks…of the uncompressed wave form are preserved,…while the body of the signal is raised.…
Let's take a listen to these un-compressed drums.…Now listen to the un-compressed drums inside a dense section of the mix.…Notice how they have a little bit of trouble punching through the mix.…The problem here is that the drums get lost in…the denser parts of the mix, the chorus in this example.…Well more stuff is going on.…Simply turning them up will push up the transients and eat up head room.…Compressing them will bring them out more, but will also eat up…the transients, causing them to loose a lot of their punch and impact.…
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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