Welcome to Compression Explained! Let's get to know each other and learn the best way to approach this course.
Audio Signal Anatomy4:27
Before we can understand how compression works, it's important to understand the basic components of what make up an audio signal. We take a look at audio signals, and learn more about levels and metering.
Learn the basics of Dynamic Range as we continue exploring how to read an audio meter.
A Brief History2:57
Find out how compression started as a tool, and ended up becoming one of the necessary staples of recording equipment.
Learn about the 4 types of compressors and the electrical components that control them. We'll take a look at some classic staples that paved the way for the industry.
Threshold, Ratio & Makeup Gain9:53
Get out your abacus! Its time to do some audio math and figure out what these important controls do to our audio signal.
Learn how to shape your sound by exploring the different types of Envelope controls.
Explore the area where the threshold meets the ratio, and see how it plays an important role on the sound and behavior of the compressor.
Control your compressor from a different audio signal and learn about the sidechain input.
Alternative Compression Types13:23
Learn all about alternative compression types like multiband compression, upward compression, and limiting.
Stacking Things Up12:54
Parallel compression vs. Serial compression. Find out what these techniques and concepts are all about and learn what to watch out for when using compression.
Mixing with Compression Pt. 15:56
Learn about the approach to mixing before compression is applied. Now that you know how to compress, learn when to compress.
Mixing with Compression Pt. 29:20
Learn about the essentials when using compression in a mix. Find out what goes into the decision making process when applying compression to different tracks.
Mastering with Compression13:48
When it comes to mastering, its important to have a grasp on what goals we are trying to achieve through the means of compression. Learn about average loudness, level matching, Mid-Side processing, and stereo linking!
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!
Submitted 4 days ago
Great Graphical Examples
I really enjoyed this series of videos. I like the brief history of compression and the graphical examples shown in the video. My knowledge of compression has definitely improved by watching. I may have missed it in the videos but who is the band used in the audio examples?
I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cakewalk Sonar, Pro Tools
Submitted 1 week ago
Quality production and good overview of compression
Very well produced videos, good intro into compression basics
I am a: Hobbyist, Beat Maker, Ableton Live, Logic Pro
Submitted 3 weeks ago
It help me in learning the fundamentals of compression
Submitted 1 month ago
Learned a Lot...
This course goes into detail about compression, its history and modern contemporary uses. I learned how a compressor works with its circuitry, its signal flow and what exactly it does besides turning a signal down. I learned about the different types of metering used and some techniques for De Essing, gluing tracks together and overall level control. However, they could have definitely gone over how to compress instruments in the context of a mix much more thoroughly by giving examples and doing it in real time.
I disliked how the Mix and Master sections were handled. Rather than show you how things were done, they have you go and listen to 3 reference mixes and return to the lessons for a gloss over of how the mix sounds different without actually going into what was done to change the mix. Then they rehash what was already gone over and you don't get a full understanding of how compression changes the sound of instruments in relation to each other. I particularly didn't like the "plugging" of specific brands for the tools used, almost like an advertisement for the products. These are minor gripes though compared to the whole package which is why I only removed one star, as a beginner will definitely get there feet wet, I just prefer to be a little more soggy than I got.
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Logic Pro, Reason
Submitted 2 months ago
In a nutshell: what is compression, what are compressors and how you can use them. Everything is covered, no stones left unturned. Great for beginners and great for seasoned producers who need some review.
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live
Submitted 3 months ago
well explained intro
Very good primer to a beginner to understand compressor.
I am a: Student, Beat Maker, FL Studio
Submitted 4 months ago
I got a lot from this tutorial. Everything was clear, concise and well presented. One very useful aspect was what the difference is with all the different compressors out there and ideas about when you might use them.
Submitted 5 months ago
Great resource on compression
Excellent tutorial and will also make a great reference. The topics are presented logically and easy to follow. The best part was that I could practice with the concepts (between videos) which is very useful for learning. It is definitely not a series that you want to rush through.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase
Submitted 5 months ago
Lots of useful details - even for a seasoned pro :-)
I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools
Submitted 6 months ago
Great for note taking
I am a: Beginner, Student
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