Using Compression in Music Productions

Gary Hiebner, Sound Designer and Composer

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6 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. What Is Compression?

    • 2. Dynamic Range

    • 3. Using the Compression Parameters

    • 4. Compression in Action Live Kick Demo

    • 5. Compression in Action Live Guitar Demo

    • 6. Compression Routing


Project Description


In this class project its time to take action and use some compression on your own tracks.

So going what you have learnt in the course try the following:

  1. Add a Compressor to your Track. 
  2. Then Set the Threshold and Ratio.
  3. Next tweak the Attack and Release Times.
  4. Then use the MakeUp Gain to make up for any gain loss from the compression.
  5. You can also try using the Compression in different signal routing scenarios. Try it before an EQ, and then after an EQ and hear what works better.
  6. Then also bypass the compressor and enable it again to hear how it is working on the material.

Then repeat the same steps on other tracks, and you'll notice a huge difference on your tracks and your productions.

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