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Top 18+ Compression Tutorials 2022

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  1. Parallel Aggressor by Baby Audio
  2. Multiband Compression – Mastering Dance Music in Ableton Live – Part 2:
  3. Mid-Side Mixing Tips – EQ & Compression
  4. Logic Compressor
  5. Why Do Compressors Have Knees ?
  6. Creating Grooves with Compressors and Transient Master in Maschine
  7. Expansion – Dynamic Processing
  8. Overview of the Maschine Compressor and Maximizer Tools
  9. Master Sidechain compression in 15 minutes
  10. Kick Drum design with Dynamics Processors
  11. 5 compression mistakes to avoid
  12. Compression Pro Tip – Compressing in Stages
  13. Do Compressors Really Color Your Sound?
  14. 10 Essential Tips For Compression
  15. Understanding Compression – Pt 2 – Sidechaining and Examples
  16. Understanding Compression – Pt 1 – Main Settings
  17. How to use compression
  18. Parallel Compression in Maschine

1. Parallel Aggressor by Baby Audio

In this video we take a look at compression with Parallel Agressor

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Unlock unparalleled powers.

Parallel processing plays a fundamental part in getting a “big” mix sound. By processing multiple copies of the same track and blending them together, you can add more punch to a mix — in a more natural-sounding way.

It’s like teamwork: Multiple copies of the same track – each focused on doing one specific job – can achieve more together than a single copy being processed to death on its own.

Parallel Aggressor is based on this simple concept. The plugin splits your audio into three equal parts:

Dry – Your original signal
Spank – A heavily compressed duplicate
Heat – A heavily saturated duplicate

Work the duplicates hard! Then combine all three signals to squeeze every drop of sonic juice out of your track.


2. Multiband Compression – Mastering Dance Music in Ableton Live – Part 2:

Mastering engineer Alex Zinn (Richie Hawtin, Typ3 Records) shows you how to use multiband compression when mastering your tracks for the club.


3. Mid-Side Mixing Tips – EQ & Compression

In this tutorial learn about mid-side processing and mid-side mixing techniques.

Software used:
– Avid Pro Tools
– T-RackS Custom Shop (EQ)
– T-RackS Custom Shop (Vintage Compressor)

In this video learn some mid-side processing, or mid-side mixing techniques.

I’ll go over the basics of mid-side processing, and talk about mid-side equalization and mid-side compression.


4. Logic Compressor

In this tutorial we take a more in-depth look at Logic’s Compressor.

Feature-wise the Compressor isn’t much different from before, however a very different look and a much needed redesign of the GUI brings this compressor up to date with it’s modern competitors. We take a look at the new vintage VCA model, and explore how we can use Logic’s compressor to effectively and intuitively apply parallel compression and side-chain filtering to both a drum loop and a bass loop.


5. Why Do Compressors Have Knees ?

In this new video from Echo Sound Works we learn why compressors have knees.

0:04 – Introduction
0:43 – Why some lack a controllable knee
1:27 – Knee controls
2:24 – Hard Knee
2:40 – Testing out new types of saturation and distortion
3:43 – Using a hard knee to clean up a loop

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6. Creating Grooves with Compressors and Transient Master in Maschine

In this tutorial, we look at a quick way to nail the feel of a house or techno groove, and how to smooth it over with compressors and Transient Master.

This tutorial covers how to take notes off of the grid (!) in order to nail the feel of a house or techno groove, and how to smooth it over with compressors and Transient Master.

This technique is very quick and work wonders when used in conjunction with Transient Master.

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7. Expansion – Dynamic Processing

Dynamics process is a part of every track, used at all stages of a music production. Compression, limiting, and gating are the most used and are familiar to most. In this video we will look a process that often gets overlooked but is no less powerful, Expansion.


8. Overview of the Maschine Compressor and Maximizer Tools

This great tutorial breaks down the Maschine compressor and maximizer tools and how they can be used to help you produce truly professional results!

Maschine comes packed with incredibly useful and intuitive tools that have grown and evolved in the first two major versions of what has quickly become the industry standard for hands-on groove production.

This lesson specifically looks at the Maschine compressor and maximizer tools.

Both can be found in the effects drop down menu in the Maschine software or in the effects tab if you are navigating through the accompanying hardware device. Both can be used in a traditional approach, properly processing your sounds or in more aggressive or experimental ways. So it is fair to refer to either as a tool or as an effect.

Learning to use compression on Maschine

Compression is basically just volume automation with specific parameters to control exactly how, when and why the volumes automation occurs. Both the Maschine compressor and maximizer offer very simple interfaces and intuitive controls to those who understand how the tools work. Of course, since they emulate real-world gear, it is best for you to have a basic understand of how each of these tools is supposed to work, how it is designed to process audio and how professionals have used them. All these things will help you gain a deeper understand of the tools themselves and therefore grant you access to all of the potential they bring to your mix.

When working with the Maschine compressor and maximizer on your own projects it is important to understand that a limiter is basically a compressor with some very definitive parameters in play and a maximizer is widely considered a marketing term. But, as with many things in the audio it is simply not quite that easy.

Imagine if you set up a compressor with a 10:1 ratio or higher and then activated the brick wall setting, which does not allow any audio to go beyond a certain DB. This would be considered a limiter.

Learning to use the Maschine Maximizer

Now we can look at the maximizer. If you understand how a normalizer works (calculating the difference between the loudest peak in your audio file and then raising it and the rest of the audio to reach 0db) and you introduce the idea of a threshold, you can then limit the ‘peaks’ that are used as the benchmark for the normalization process. This results in more of your audio receiving a boost in db, hence why the perceived loudness is greater in most cases.

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9. Master Sidechain compression in 15 minutes

In this video, Echo Sound Works will show you everything you need to know about sidechain compression and how it can help your mixes both sonically and creatively.


10. Kick Drum design with Dynamics Processors

In this tutorial we will look at kick drum sound design using dynamics processors, though the technique can be used for any percussion sound.

The primary use of these tools is controlling dynamics, but I am going to use them for sound design, mainly transient shaping.

A side effect of this exploration is that it allows a deeper understanding of how the devices respond. Often when we use these devices we want their effect to be quite transparent, not so here! What I am doing really exposes the process, almost abusing the effect, distorting the input.

Depending on what plugin devices you use you can get different results & character. I am going to use Ableton’s Compressor and Gate devices.


11. 5 compression mistakes to avoid

In this video, Echo Sound Works discusses 5 mistakes to avoid when using compression in the mix.


12. Compression Pro Tip – Compressing in Stages

In this video, Echo Sound Works shows you how to to get a more musical sounding result when compressing by compressing in stages.


13. Do Compressors Really Color Your Sound?

In this video we look at how compressors color sound if at all and what that means for your mixing.


14. 10 Essential Tips For Compression

 
10 Essential Tips For Compression
 

Understanding compression is imperative for achieving a great mix. For this, we have compiled 10 tips to help you grasp this important technique.

1. Why Compression Is Important
Compression can help a track sit in a mix, shape its transient character, as well as add clarity and warmth. When used effectively, compression can be one of the most powerful tools at your disposal.

2. Threshold
The threshold is the dB level your audio must exceed before gain reduction occurs. Adjust your threshold in accordance with where your audio peaks. Use your ears, as well as your meters, to find the sweet spot.

3. Ratio
The ratio determines the amount of gain reduction applied after your audio passes the threshold. While certain tracks such as rhythm sections can benefit from higher ratios, it’s best to keep a low gain reduction as a starting point.

4. Make Up Gain
The makeup gain is responsible for lifting up the overall volume after gain reduction. With the help of your meters, adjust your makeup gain to accompany the original input volume. This will result in “compression,” as opposed to a mere reduction of your peaks.

5. Attack
The attack is the amount of time it takes for the compressor to react. Keep an attack time that is high enough to let your transients breathe through. However, not high enough to miss the attack completely.

6. Release
The release determines the time it takes for the compressor to let go of the signal’s gain reduction. With dynamic audio like drums or vocals, we suggest slower release times. This will allow time for the compressor to ride the next transient.

7. Multi-Band Compression
Compressing independent frequency bands is a great way to control a track’s spectral balance. For instance, load a multi-band compressor on your drum bus and compress only the sub bass region. This will tighten up the low-end and keep the higher frequencies dancing in the mix.

8. Parallel Compression
A fantastic way to add punch to your track is by mixing it in parallel with a compressed version. While many suggest to duplicate the desired track, we recommend to instead use an AUX send. This way, multiple tracks in your mix can be glued together for additional presence.

9. A/B In Bypass
While dialing in your compressor settings, occasionally compare the track in bypass. This will help you hear how much compression is needed and retain the original intent before compression is applied.

10. Don’t Over Do it
An overuse of compression will make a track sound squashed and lifeless. Avoid spending too much time fiddling with settings, and don’t compress because you’re “supposed to.” With any mixing technique, be swift and do so with purpose.

We hope you found these 10 compression tips to be helpful! Is there something we missed? Let us know in the comments below.


15. Understanding Compression – Pt 2 – Sidechaining and Examples

In the second part of the mini-series, I show some specific examples of compression in my own project and then explain sidechain compression.

To get an idea of how the Maschine compressor can actually be used, I show instances of the effect on my drum group, bass, sample group, and finally the master bus.

For drums, the compressor adds some presence and fatness; for bass, it acts almost like a saturator, adding punch and some harmonics.

I use sidechain compression on the sample group to get a ducking/pumping effect. Here, learn how to select a sidechain input source and fine-tune it with gain and filter controls.

To finish the video, I show how the compressor can be used on the master bus.


16. Understanding Compression – Pt 1 – Main Settings

In Part 1 of this mini-series, learn the basics of the built-in compressor in Maschine. I first talk about compression from a high-level approach and then move to the specific parameters within Maschine.

Hopefully, by the end of this video, you will be comfortable with each of these parameters: mode, threshold, knee, amount, attack, release, and gain. I talk about what exactly each parameter does and some general tips for different compression applications.

In Part 2, linked above, I go into some specific examples of compression on drums, bass, samples, and even the master bus. I also cover sidechain compression and all related parameters.


17. How to use compression


18. Parallel Compression in Maschine

Parallel Compression can be a great tool for adding punch and energy to your track.

In this video, you’ll learn the basics of parallel compression, including signal flow, compressor settings and using it with Sounds and Groups.


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