Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Using mix buss compression, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…Now that we understand why bus compression is so powerful as a…mixing tool, let's get hands-on with an example and get in the mix.…Take a listen to this full mix with the bus compression bypassed.…It sounds pretty good, but I want to get just a little more lift out…of the lower level details and tuck in…the transients a bit to glue everything together.…Now listen with the bus compression enabled.…Here I'm using an attack of five milliseconds…to allow some of the transients to punch through.…And a release of 200 milliseconds or about an…eighth note in this song, based on the tempo.…
Generally, I only want to get no more than a dB or two of gain reduction, just…enough to tie things together and give me that lift and tuck on the whole mix.…In this example, I exaggerated my threshold settings just a…bit to make the effect more audible, but in a real…mix I might go back and ease off the gain reduction.…While mix bus compressors are great for gluing…a mix together, they can often do more damage…than good when pushed too hard, flattening your…
This course covers 26 techniques for improving your mixes with compressors, processors, EQ and filters, reverb, delay, and modulation. The first chapter covers compression and dynamics processing, including how to even out vocal performances and how to add punch to drum tracks. The second chapter goes into EQ and filtering techniques, such as creating complimentary EQ curves and EQ-ing FX returns. Next, the authors explore delay and modulation techniques, including using long delay on key lyrics and creating flanger and phaser effects. The last chapter explores reverb techniques including using gated reverb and supporting a track with regenerative reverb. .
Download the free exercise files and open them in Pro Tools to start training, or simply watch the videos here at lynda.com.
- Using compression to even out vocals and add punch to drums
- Maximizing mix loudness
- De-essing a vocal track
- Using EQ to fix problems and place elements
- Automating EQ
- Using long delay
- Creating slapback echo
- Creating a flange effect