Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Intelligently using compression presets, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
Say you've just got a fancy new compressor and notice it was loaded with tons of presets.…Descriptions like "best vocal sound ever" and "snare to die for" fill this list, and…you're thinking, this is it, I finally unlocked the secrets of mixing by…purchasing this plug-in and all my problems are solved.…While there's no doubt that presets are excellent starting points for…discovering the features of a new tool,…when it comes to presets for dynamics processors, there are a few simple rules…to follow to set yourself up for success.…
First off, dynamics presets can actually be pretty awesome and often do exactly…what you're looking for right out of the gate--if you know how to use them.…The secret to using compression presets is to understand that the preset has no…idea what kind of signal level is coming in.…Therefore, the default threshold and makeup gain settings are almost always…going to be completely wrong,…either giving you too much compression, too little compression, or even worse, clipping.…
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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