What Is Compression?
Basically, we have three really major tools as a mixing engineer. 1st 1 volume, which we already did. 2nd 1 is compression. And third is CQ like those air. Really? That foundation of mixing everything else is just extra cake on top, like reverb painting, all that stuff. It just makes it sound way better. But this this is the very foundation of your mix. Well, what is compression? Maybe I'll ask you guys. I keep meaning to ask questions. You do you have? What is compression? Well, compression is a method of taking sound off the top end and squishing it down to a smaller section. But allowing that weaken how we put this so you don't go too loud. But increase of the volume in the lower registers as well not lower registers, but lower where it's a little quieter. Yeah. Yeah. So in other words, bringing the lower parts up and the higher parts down to make them closer together. Right? And compression is the process of lessening the dynamic range between the loudest and quietest parts of an a...
udio signal. This is done by boosting the quieter signal and, um, attenuating the louder signal. So yes, you're completely correct. Well, why would we use compression? You know, what is this instance that we would use this for? It can help us make parts seem louder. Like I was saying, with perceived loudness, it could be like still peaking it minus 10. But since the quieter parts of that sound are now up, it's just seeming louder and louder. Mawr Maurin the front, right? It can even out the volume of an instrument over time. Like if you have one peak at one part of your track, you can lower that and have the rest pre even. And it can also decrease the dynamic range of a sound. All right, let's open up this live set I've put together. Let's see. Uh, just gonna open this right up. Oh, I should have saved that. But that's fine. Okay. And then we're going to go over to compression basic compression. All right, now we're gonna do a lot of this in the box. I'm gonna be explaining what the compressor does showing live examples, and we're also going to be looking at it both through re sampling. So you could do this at home like I was saying I brought this course if you get it. Yeah, If you order this course up, you're gonna have these examples. You can actually do these things and play with it and really get your hands dirty. But I'm also going to just run you through it. And re sampling is a way that if I record that if I play this I hit record on the re sample, it's just recording everything. We right. It's a great way to like ABC What's happening? We actually to see what's happening when we actually affect the sound. I'm also going to be using this thing called single Signal Analyzer. Let me just show you that it's showing us what's happening to the way form, right? It's just very useful so we can see what's happening now with the compressor. If I just double click this notice how, like the quieter parts, much lower and then it gets louder and louder. Well, a compressor. But bring the threshold down, see how it's flattening it. And if I record in my re sample, I compare those to look at the difference of those ranges. These are much closer to each other in this one it would actually go like that, right? Much different, and especially if I turn this up to that volume that it was before. Look at that. We're getting way more sound out of those beginning, and that's the very basic concept of a compressor. It is to lower the distance between your parts and bring them closer together.
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Isaac, better known as Subaqueous, is an Ableton Certified Trainer who’s been making electronic music in Ableton since 2002. In this class, he’ll discuss the why behind the how of mixing and help you make better decisions during every step of your mixing process.
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- Setting up your studio: monitors, acoustic treatment, etc
- Routing and gain structure
- Dynamic range and compression
- Advanced EQing and spatial placement
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- Basics of mastering in Live
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