14 Tutorials (2hr 0min 57sec)
If you produce and mix music, you've got to understand how compression is the glue holding everything together. In this all new, in-depth video tutorial series, studio expert Dave Askew teaches you everything you need to know about compression from the beginning to end.
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This series sets out to explain what compression is, how compressors work, and how to use compression in sound design, mixing, and mastering.
Dave's videos highlight using native and DSP-based software compressors, as well as hardware compressors, so you can use this information with any DAW or hardware compressor unit.
Dave starts out with a primer on the basic components of an audio signal, which leads into an explanation of the basics of dynamic range. After that, Dave offers a brief history of how compression developed into the staple of audio production it is today.
Next, Dave explores the kinds of compressors in use today, and the electrical components that control them, as well as the components the software versions emulate. That leads directly into videos on the specific controls common to most compressors: threshold, ratio, and makeup gain.
Dave now covers the more creative compressor controls by showing you how to shape your sound with various types of envelope controls. He reveals the different "knee" behaviors, where the threshold meets the compression ratio, and explains how you can control your compressor using a different signal via the sidechain input.
Dave continues with a video on alternate compressor types, such as multiband compressors, upward compressors, and limiters, as well as how you can stack compressors using parallel or serial compression.
Finally, Dave wraps up the series with videos showing you how to apply everything you've learned. He shares his approach to mixing with compression, and what goes into his decision making process. Then he shows you how to use compression when mastering audio for final release to the world.
Knowing how to use compression can be the difference between a muddy and dull sounding mix or a polished and exciting one. If you've ever wanted to master these vital dynamics techniques, watch "Compression Explained" today!