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Compressors Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:48

    We start with a quick Introduction to each Classic Compressor. Going over each unit and how they fit into Compression history.

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    Tutorial 2

    Compression Explained

    12:15

    Next we go thru what a Compressor is, how they behave and all of the most popular variables and parameters that can be adjusted.

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    Tutorial 3

    Urei 1176 - Pt. 1

    14:09

    We start off with one of the most famous compressors ever made and easily the most modeled compressor made into a plug-in.

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    Tutorial 4

    Urei 1176 - Pt. 2

    10:07

    We continue sampling the different plugins that model the famous 1176.

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    Tutorial 5

    Teletronix LA-2a - Pt. 1

    9:46

    Easily one of the most sought after compressors ever built is the Teletronix LA-2a. With it's unique warm sound and simple controls it's still one of the best compressors you can find.

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    Tutorial 6

    Teletronix LA-2a - Pt. 2

    8:38

    We continue sampling the different plugins that model the famous LA2a compressor.

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    Tutorial 7

    Teletronix LA-3

    14:28

    Not nearly as famous as similar units, the Urei LA3a still stands on it's own as having a sound of it's own and filling a niche in the pro compressor market.

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    Tutorial 8

    Neve 2254 & Neve 33609 - Pt. 1

    11:24

    The Neve line of pro audio to gear is second to none. We go thru two of it's most famous compressors and plugins that are modeled after them.

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    Tutorial 9

    Neve 2254 & Neve 33609 - Pt. 2

    13:04

    We continue sampling the different plugins that model the famous Neve compressors.

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    Tutorial 10

    API 2500 - Pt. 1

    14:53

    API has earned it's place in history, unique in that the original units are still being made today. We go thru the Waves version of it showing you how special this compressor really is.

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    Tutorial 11

    API 2500 - Pt. 2

    12:34

    We continue sampling the different plugins that model the famous API compressor.

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    Tutorial 12

    Fairchild 660/670 - Pt. 1

    13:43

    There's no more desired or more expensive a compressor you can get than the Fairchild 660 or 670. With tubes for days, it is a legend to be modeled.

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    Tutorial 13

    Fairchild 660/670 - Pt. 2

    15:24

    We continue sampling the different plugins that model the famous Fairchild compressors.

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    Tutorial 14

    SSL E/G Channel Compressor - Pt. 1

    12:30

    Very few names are as famous in pro audio as Solid State Logic. We go thru the Channel Compressor that is built into every channel of the famous SSL consoles.

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    Tutorial 15

    SSL E/G Channel Compressor - Pt. 2

    11:29

    We continue sampling the different plugins that model the famous SSL compressors.

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    Tutorial 16

    SSL Bus Compressor - Pt. 1

    12:04

    There is no 2 buss Compressor more popular than the SSL Buss Compressor. It basically invented the word "Glue" and is easily the most common modeled compressor for use on busses.

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    Tutorial 17

    SSL Bus Compressor - Pt. 2

    7:17

    We continue sampling the different plugins that model the famous SSL Buss compressors.

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    Tutorial 18

    Empirical Labs Distressor - Pt. 1

    11:27

    The Distressor is easily the newest of all the classic compressors but it's popularity clearly makes it a classic. There is no compressor more versatile than the Empirical Labs Distressor.

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    Tutorial 19

    Empirical Labs Distressor - Pt. 2

    8:10

    We continue sampling the plugin that models the Distressor.

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    Tutorial 20

    DBX 160

    12:11

    The DBX 160 has definitely earned it's place as one of the later Classic Compressors. It's punchy controlled sound is still as original and useful as we'll find.

Kenny Gioia is back, this time giving you the history and application of all the famous Compressors ever made, as well as their modern day plug-in equivalents! Now you'll know exactly what Compressor to pick for your tracks and how to use them. This series is long overdue!

Kenny starts with a detailed introduction, covering each industry standard Compressor and how they fit into compression history. Next Kenny goes over what a Compressor is, how they behave and all of the most popular variables and parameters that can be adjusted for each.

Moving on, Kenny gives you awesome videos for each Compressor's plug-in equivalent, including the Urei 1176, Teletronix LA-2a, Teletronix LA-3, Neve 2254/33609, API 2500, Fairchild 660/670, SSL E/G Channel Compressor, SSL Bus Compressor, Empirical Labs Distressor, and the DBX 160! Each of these Compressors are explained in detail and you'll also hear how they sound on different audio tracks.

The plug-in equivalents featured in the series are by top plug-in manufactures including Waves, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, and Softube, so you're bound to find one that you have and use.

If you've always wondered what Compressor gives you a certain sound, or which one is best suited for a particular instrument, this series will set you straight... Get "Compressors Explained" today.

Akira93
Submitted 4 months ago

Great explanations

I bought this video series times ago to understand in depth the use and history of the analog compressors, and it really opened my mind!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Mastering Facility, Audio Engineer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great explanations I bought this video series times ago to understand in depth the use and history of the analog compressors, and it really opened my mind!
Date published: 2016-12-01