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Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Dynamics & Compression

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    0:49

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

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    Tutorial 2

    What is Compression?

    3:05

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

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    Tutorial 3

    Why Compression?

    3:29

    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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    Tutorial 4

    Limiters

    2:14

    Learn all about limiters, the simplest type of compressor.

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    Tutorial 5

    Compression Basics

    1:45

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

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    Tutorial 6

    Ratio

    1:15

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

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    Tutorial 7

    Attack Time & Makeup Gain

    4:13

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

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    Tutorial 8

    Combining Makeup Gain & Limiters

    2:02

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

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    Tutorial 9

    Setting Release Time

    4:28

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

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    Tutorial 10

    Each Compressor Behaves Differently

    3:27

    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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    Tutorial 11

    Input High Pass Filtering

    3:51

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

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    Tutorial 12

    Saturating with Analog Compressors

    3:20

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

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    Tutorial 13

    Don't Always Use a Compressor

    1:41

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

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    Tutorial 14

    Compressing Inconsistent Audio

    2:12

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

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    Tutorial 15

    How Much to Compress

    8:02

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

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    Tutorial 16

    Distortion as Compression

    1:33

    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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    Tutorial 17

    Gates

    1:11

    Multiplier gives you an introduction to gates.

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    Tutorial 18

    Transient Shapers

    2:05

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

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.

Guitarnate27
Submitted 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

Very helpful!

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

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aredgewell
Submitted 1 month 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 month ago

Very good video. Execellent!!!

Best video I've seen concerning compression.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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SimplyDennis
Submitted 1 month 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.

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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 5.
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