Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with parallel compression, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…Parallel compression is the process of combining an uncompressed version…of signal with a compressed version and blending to taste.…This best of both worlds approach preserves the dynamics,…openness, character, and frequency response of the unprocessed signal.…While solving the issue of an overly dynamic track getting lost in the mix.…When a compressed waveform is combined with an uncompressed…waveform, the result is purely additive The peaks of…the uncompressed waveform are preserved while the body of the signal is raised.…Let's take a listen to these uncompressed drums.…
Now listen to the uncompressed drums inside a dense section of the mix.…Notice how they have a little bit of trouble punching through the mix.…The problem here is the drums get lost in the denser parts of the mix.…The chorus in this example.…When more stuff is going on.…Simply turning them up will push up the transients and eat up head room.…Compressing them will bring them out more but will also eat up…the transients, causing them to lose a lot of their punch and impact.…
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