Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Why compress?, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixing.
Compression is one of the subjects that many recorders get bogged down in when …they first start recording. I remember some friends bringing over a …compressor to my home studio a long time ago. …We were just turning knobs and listening, I don't think we had the slightest idea …of what we were hearing, and whether it was helping the audio or harming the audio. …I'm going to show you a few simple things to kind of wrap your head around. …I don't want this to be a tutorial where we're talking about all the knobs and …explaining how the compressor works, and then leave you hanging with no way to use it.…
This is going to be a little bit of application, and just some simple …examples to help you wrap your head around compression, and see how you might …be using it in a mix. Think of it as a limiting amplifier, …that's what they earlier compressors were called. …It limits the peaks of audio coming in and then re-amplifies it back up. …So, a compressor essentially, is taking your audio and kind of squashing it, in …
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- Understanding the mix room acoustics
- Cutting frequencies
- Prepping vocal takes
- Drum mixing
- Gating audio for noise elimination or for creative purposes
- Creating and using backwards reverb in a DAW
- Re-amping guitars, bass, vocals, and more