Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video What is dynamic range?, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
Dynamic range is the difference between two extremes.…In audio, dynamic range represents the ratio between the loudest and softest…signal being produced over any given interval.…Every day we experience this concept of dynamic range almost constantly…across all of our senses.…And as humans, we're quite adept at recognizing it:…light and dark, hot and cold, hard and soft, and for the purpose of this…course, loud and quiet.…A sound's amplitude directly correlates with its loudness.…
But what is loud? What is quiet?…Is a concert loud? Is a library quiet? That depends.…But I can assure you, if you walked out of a library and into a rock concert,…you would have a pretty good idea of the difference in loudness between the two spaces.…Loudness in our minds is not finite.…It's all about perception.…The key thing to understand is that we need both ends of the spectrum to fully…evaluate what's loud and what's quiet.…The distance between these extremes is what we call dynamic range.…
For example, if you heard a book fall off a desk in a library, it would startle you.…
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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