Audio compression can be used as an effect, such as the popular sidechain compression effects used in electronic dance music. An audio compressor can also be used as a utility to fix problems in a mix, such as instruments jumping out from a mix due to suddenly loud transients. Compression can also be used to smooth out a vocal recording so that lyrics sung too quietly do not disappear from a mix, and lyrics sung too loudly do not overpower a mix. Matt Piper, audio engineer and songwriter, shows you how to apply slight compression to individual tracks in a mix using the channel strip compressor in the mixer in Reason 9. Piper also demonstrates how the Pulveriser virtual rack effect in Reason can be used to make drums sound bigger.
- [Voiceover] I've got my EQ in a pretty good place.…And now I'd like to add some compression…to some of the tracks.…But first I just want to mention about the EQ,…after the end of the last video I continued…working on this a little bit…and did a few more things with the EQ.…And the one I'd like to point out is…on the bass, I used the low-pass filter.…In the previous video you saw me use the high-pass filter…which allows high frequencies to pass…and filters out low frequencies.…
Well this low-pass filter allows low frequencies…to pass and filters out high frequencies.…So I just removed some of the unnecessary…high frequencies from the bass…by using the low-pass filter.…I also added a little bit of sizzle to the strums.…Similar to what I did on the guitar one bus.…And I-pass filter ukulele.…I changed this curve type to a Sheldon EQ…to the Bell EQ over here on the guitar.…
And I think that's mostly it.…So now we can get into compression.…Compression can be used as a strong effect,…especially in dance music for instance.…
- Recording audio and virtual instrument tracks in Reason 9
- Loop recording
- Creating synth lines
- Making beats with loops and the sequencer
- Editing audio
- Correcting pitch
- Automating tempo and time signature
- Mixing tracks in Reason
- Master the final recording
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/30/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Reason 9.5.x, including using VST plugins in Reason, MIDI drag and drop, and delay compensation.