My colleague Steve DeMott did an article on 2-Buss compression recently. He describes various practical compression techniques and approaches when applying compression to a full mix on the stereo bus. In this video, I take some of his ideas and develop them using Logic’s powerful and flexible built-in compressor plug-in. There is a lot more to this plug-in than initially meets the eye, especially when it comes to “glue” style bus processing.
In this article Steve DeMott explains his approach to Bus Compression. Why is it important and what does it achieve?
2-Bus compression makes a lot of sense to me. Putting a compressor on every track of a recording does not. I am from the school of performance. Music is performed, not constructed (produced).
Always good to learn how to use the tools.
When using Expand mode in combination with a negative range, the signal will be attenuated as soon as it drops below the threshold, increasing the perceived dynamics of the signal around the threshold. This is the most common type of expansion and with higher ratio and range values, it moves closer and closer to being a gate.
Sidechaining was once regarded as a purely functional mixing tool, now sidechain compression has become a key weapon in the creative arsenal of producers across all genres. Here are 7 tips to help you get more from it.
The iZotope tools allow for sidechaining dynamic EQs. This is similar to using a compressor to change dynamics of a frequency band based on external levels.
If you asked a room full of audio engineer students what a compressor does, you’d probably get a wide range of responses. “It’s the thing that makes tracks louder!” one may claim. “It’s that plugin David Guetta uses to make his synths pump!” another might say. Is there a single answer? Technically speaking, compressors simply reduce the dynamic range of a signal. Depending on their settings and application, however, compressors can be incredibly useful in a variety of situations. For this tutorial, we’ll be using Ableton’s stock compressors, but any basic software compressor will do. Here are 5 common uses of compressors: