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Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Dynamics & Compression

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    Introduction

    Multiplier welcomes you and goes over what the series is all about.

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    What is Compression?

    Discover what is compression, and what are dynamics, as well as why do we compress sounds.

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    Why Compression?

    This video explains why compression is talked about so much in the music production world. Basically, real life sounds are more dynamic than we would like for electronic music.

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    Limiters

    Learn all about limiters, the simplest type of compressor.

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    Compression Basics

    Learn how a compressor works (attack, release, ratio, threshold), and see and hear a simple example of it in action.

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    Ratio

    Develop an understanding of what compression "ratio" actually does.

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    Attack Time & Makeup Gain

    Attack time is the most important parameter. Learn about this, as well as compressor "makeup gain".

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    Combining Makeup Gain & Limiters

    Compressors often make mistakes, and so it can be useful to combine makeup gain, and limiters. Multiplier shows you how.

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    Setting Release Time

    Learn how to set release time, by understanding what happens when it's too fast, and too slow.

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    Each Compressor Behaves Differently

    Compressors don't do exactly what you tell them to do. This video shows three examples. Attack/release times, Ableton's Glue compressor, and a limiter that doesn't "limit".

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    Input High Pass Filtering

    Multiplier explains what this is, and why it's so powerful, by explaining how we hear different frequencies, differently.

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    Saturating with Analog Compressors

    Discover how "analog" compressors saturate, and how they can also be a bit unpredictable.

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    Don't Always Use a Compressor

    Here, Multiplier gives three examples showing how you shouldn't view every situation, as an opportunity to use a compressor.

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    Compressing Inconsistent Audio

    Multiplier discusses why you must be careful when compressing inconsistent audio, such as reverb!

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    How Much to Compress

    Quite simply, how much should you compress? Multiplier reveals all.

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    Distortion as Compression

    Learn how it can sometimes be better to use distortion, instead of compression to tame signals - usually on drums or basses.

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    Gates

    Multiplier gives you an introduction to gates.

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    Transient Shapers

    Wrapping it up, Multiplier delivers an introduction to transient shapers, and how again, they don't always work as expected.

Product Overview


Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, now focuses on Dynamics and Compressors and how they’re used in the Electronic Music genre to tame signals as well as create interesting effects and colors.

Adam begins by welcoming you and then starts at the beginning, covering what compression and dynamic processors are, as well as why you would want to use them.

Limiters are then looked at and explained, followed by the basic controls found on compressors and limiters such as ratio, attack time & make up gain, release time and more.

Next, Multiplier covers why each compressor behaves differently, how to utilize input high pass filtering for better compression, saturating with analog compressors, and how to compress inconsistent audio.

Lastly, you’ll learn things like how much compression you should really apply, how to use distortion as a compressor, understanding gates, and the basics of transient shapers.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you produce electronic music, compression is one of the most important processes you need to understand and know how to apply… Watch “Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Dynamics & Compression” today.


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jDan
Submitted 10 months ago

Very good

Concise yet thorough look at the subject matter

I am a: Student, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Studio One


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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 1 year ago

A lot of good advices. Usefull for everyone - Beginners and Advance users.

I think everyone from beginners to proff find out after this tutorial tour that limiters and compressors don't always do want you expected.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase


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Guitarnate27
Submitted 1 year ago

Get a better handle on compression!

I have always had my own personal hangups with understanding compression. This video is great! Thanks a ton Multiplier!

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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LYRICMASTER
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpful!

This serious has helped to clarify some queries I have had with compression.


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aredgewell
Submitted 1 year ago

Very useful

Generally very good explanations of some often slippery ideas. Could do with more sound samples to demonstrate effects e.g of transient shaping.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cakewalk Sonar


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Ogee
Submitted 1 year ago

Very good video. Execellent!!!

Best video I've seen concerning compression.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician


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SimplyDennis
Submitted 1 year ago

Helpful

For me, cleared up a lot of the mystery of musical dynamics.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Digital Performer, Studio One


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jDan
Submitted 10 months ago

Very good

Concise yet thorough look at the subject matter

I am a: Student, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Studio One

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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 1 year ago

A lot of good advices. Usefull for everyone - Beginners and Advance users.

I think everyone from beginners to proff find out after this tutorial tour that limiters and compressors don't always do want you expected.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Guitarnate27
Submitted 1 year ago

Get a better handle on compression!

I have always had my own personal hangups with understanding compression. This video is great! Thanks a ton Multiplier!

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

LYRICMASTER
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpful!

This serious has helped to clarify some queries I have had with compression.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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aredgewell
Submitted 1 year ago

Very useful

Generally very good explanations of some often slippery ideas. Could do with more sound samples to demonstrate effects e.g of transient shaping.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Ogee
Submitted 1 year ago

Very good video. Execellent!!!

Best video I've seen concerning compression.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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SimplyDennis
Submitted 1 year ago

Helpful

For me, cleared up a lot of the mystery of musical dynamics.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Digital Performer, Studio One

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started producing music just over 5 years ago, right about when Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP dropped.

2. What training have you had?

I'm fully self-taught, and haven't had any formal training. I use online resources and learn a lot by talking to other producers about how they do things too.

3. When did you get into recording?

(same answer as number 1)

4. People you have worked with/for?

DJTechTools, iZotope, Output, CAPSUN Pro Audio, Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, Industrial Strength, 5Pin Media

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've had a lot of experience in the EDM space, from producing tracks and sample packs that have charted on sites like Beatport, through to DJing internationally and running a record label. And on the training side I've produced thousands of tutorials, and also tutor people one to one.

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Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Dynamics & Compression is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good Concise yet thorough look at the subject matter
Date published: 2018-11-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A lot of good advices. Usefull for everyone - Beginners and Advance users. I think everyone from beginners to proff find out after this tutorial tour that limiters and compressors don't always do want you expected.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Get a better handle on compression! I have always had my own personal hangups with understanding compression. This video is great! Thanks a ton Multiplier!
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! This serious has helped to clarify some queries I have had with compression.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very useful Generally very good explanations of some often slippery ideas. Could do with more sound samples to demonstrate effects e.g of transient shaping.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good video. Execellent!!! Best video I've seen concerning compression.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful For me, cleared up a lot of the mystery of musical dynamics.
Date published: 2018-03-31
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