Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Solving common mix problems with limiters, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
Using limiters to squash your entire mix into the loudest song ever created…isn't the only way we can put them to work in our mix.…We can also use them to better control a signal's peak to average level on…an individual track.…Let's listen to this example.…(music playing)…Notice that the signal contains many quick peaks that reach very close to 0 dBFS.…Adding any compression without using a near-instant attack would clip the…output of the compressor as those quick peaks sneak through the…compressor's attack stage.…
Watch the compressor's output and listen to the quick transients escape through the…compressor's slower 20- millisecond attack stage and clip.…(music playing)…Likewise, adding any boost via EQ would cause a clip as well.…Again, watch the EQ's output meter and listen to the EQ clip as the last bit of…headroom is gobbled up with the EQ boost.…(music playing)…Instead of a regular compressor, by applying a brickwall limiter, we can retain…most of the dynamic feel of the signal while keeping those peaks from jumping out…
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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