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  • Introduction 1:13

    Introduction

    Welcome to Compression Explained! Let's get to know each other and learn the best way to approach this course.

  • Audio Signal Anatomy 4:27

    Audio Signal Anatomy

    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.

  • Dynamic Range 3:27

    Dynamic Range

    Learn the basics of Dynamic Range as we continue exploring how to read an audio meter.

  • A Brief History 2:57

    A Brief History

    Find out how compression started as a tool, and ended up becoming one of the necessary staples of recording equipment.

  • Compressor Types 14:12

    Compressor Types

    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 Gain 9:53

    Threshold, Ratio & Makeup Gain

    Get out your abacus! Its time to do some audio math and figure out what these important controls do to our audio signal.

  • Envelope Controls 10:25

    Envelope Controls

    Learn how to shape your sound by exploring the different types of Envelope controls.

  • The Knee 7:06

    The Knee

    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.

  • The Sidechain 11:56

    The Sidechain

    Control your compressor from a different audio signal and learn about the sidechain input.

  • Alternative Compression Types 13:23

    Alternative Compression Types

    Learn all about alternative compression types like multiband compression, upward compression, and limiting.

  • Stacking Things Up 12:54

    Stacking Things Up

    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. 1 5:56

    Mixing with Compression Pt. 1

    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. 2 9:20

    Mixing with Compression Pt. 2

    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 Compression 13:48

    Mastering with Compression

    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!

Product Overview


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.

NOTE: If you purchased the original version of “Compression Explained”, log in now to download the new version for free!

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!


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