Remember how I said a de-esser was a frequency-specific compressor working only…on the sibilant sounds within a track or mix. A multiband compressor follows the…same idea, but works across the entire frequency range.…By splitting up the compression into multiple parts, or bands, an engineer can…focus dynamic control within a specified frequency range, leaving other…frequencies uncompressed.…Because of these multiple bands of gain control, multiband compressors are…especially handy in situations where only certain parts of the signal need…dynamics control, like cleaning up the low-end resonance of a signal while…leaving the high-frequency content uncompressed, or less compressed, or super-…compressing the top end of a vocal to achieve that pop polish without all the…harshness that would come from using EQ only.…
Mastering engineers will sometime use multiband compression to tighten up…elements of a mix that didn't receive enough compression during the mixing…stage, like a bass guitar that was left uncompressed, creating unpredictable…
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.
Audio Foundations: EQ and Filterswith Brian Lee White2h 28m Intermediate
Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixingwith Larry Crane1h 51m Intermediate
1. Audio Dynamics
4. Special Dynamics Processors
5. Advanced Topics
An Interview with the Author
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