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Compression and Dynamic processing

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Overview

Compressors are the most mysterious of all studio processors, and yet they are one of the most important in today’s music production. Whether you’re into recording, mixing, mastering, live sound, broadcast, or podcasts, you must know how to use compressors. In this class, you’ll learn everything about using compressors. We’ll take you from a basic understanding of compression through the subtle differences between the most popular compressors. 

Learning these differences and knowing where to apply them can take an OK recording/mix and make it a great recording/mix. We’ll teach you a foolproof system to set up any compressor on any instrument – it’s all about setting up the controls in the correct order, knowing what’s possible and using your ears.    

We’ll also show you tried and true compressor/instrument combinations to get genre-specific sounds. Because compressors are the most complex and abundant studio dynamics processors, that’s where we’ll spend most of our time. But because there are many ways to control dynamics, you’ll also learn how to use expanders, gates, and limiters. 

YOU WILL LEARN

You will also learn

 

 How to use Expanders and Gates on:  Live drums to reduce bleed. Drum samples to change their envelope. Bass and electric guitar to get rid of hiss and hum. Vocal tracks to reduce breath noise. Voiceover tracks to reduce room noise and AC hum. 

 

 Advanced Expander/Gate techniques like: Side-chaining a synth pad with a percussion loop to add motion. Using gating and compression together in a channel strip. Use envelope modulators like SPL’s Transient, Waves’ TransX and Logic’s Enveloper. 

Who is the course for?

Aspiring music producers, songwriters, singers, podcast creators, voice-over, recording engineers of all levels You will learn basic to advance concepts in this complete guide. 

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Learning Path

Compressors are the most widely used tool in today’s music production. Whether you are into recording, mixing, mastering, live sound broadcast, or podcast, you must know how to use compressors. In this class, we will get you there.

  • Lecture 2: What are Dynamic Processors?_12:16 Min 
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  • Lecture 3: Compressor Basics_  8:41 Min
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  • Lecture 4: Compressor Controls_ 14:46 Min
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  • Lecture 5: Advanced Compresor Controls_ 23:21 Min
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  • Lecture 5: Types of Compressors_ 28:07 Min 
  • Lecture 7: Setting the Compressor_ 21:18 Min
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  • Lecture 8: Kick, Snare and Toms_ 26:16 Min
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  • Lecture 9: Overheads and Room Mics_ 15:27 Min
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  • Lecture 10: Drum Bus_ 4:56 Min
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  • Lecture 11: Clean and Electric Bass_12:04 Min
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  • Lecture 12: Synth Bass_ 5:20 Min
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  • Lecture 13: Acoustic Guitar_ 7:13 Min
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  • Lecture 14: Vocals Part 1a (Easy)_ 7:08 Min
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  • Lecture 15: Vocals  Part 1b (Easy)_ 8:46 Min
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  • Lecture 16: Vocals Part 2 (Aggressive)_4:31 Min

 

  • Lecture 17: Side-chain Compression Part 1-  EDM pumping Synth Effect_ 13:30 Min
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  • Lecture 18: Side-chain Compression Part 2- Making Room in the Mix_ 9:33 Min
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  • Lecture 19: Side-chain Compression Part 3- Trailing Delay_ 7:15 Min
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  • Lecture 20: Serial Compression_ 9:40 Min
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  • Lecture 21: Multi-band Compression_24:33 Min
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  • Lecture 22: Mix Bus Compression_ 34:44 Min
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  • Lecture 23: Parallel Compression_ 13:29 Min
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  • Lecture 24: Mid-Side Compression_ 18:16 Min
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  • Lecture 25: Frequency Dependent Compression 18:41 Min

 

  • Lecture 26: Limiters_16:54 Min
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  • Lecture 27: Gates and Expanders_ 12:12 Min
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  • Lecture 28: Gates and Expanders on a Multitrack set of Drums_ 15:25 Min
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  • Lecture 29: Using a Gate to Change the Envelope of a Drum Sample_ 9:59 Min
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  • Lecture 30: Using a Gate to Get Rid of Unwanted Noise for a Distorted Bass_ 4:24 Min
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  • Lecture 31: Expanders and Gates on Vocals_ 11:17 Min
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ABOUT THE INSTRUctor

Engineer Ian Sutton background:                            

 Engineer/Producer Ian Sutton has worked with hundreds of artists and bands, including +44 (Mark Hoppus & Travis Barker), Fallout Boy, Rob Halford, and Frankie J, to name a few. Ian will thoroughly walk you through one of his most recent pop-rock mixes, revealing all sorts of creative mixing and production techniques he’s acquired through years of study and practice. 

Ian Sutton is a graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is Certified Pro in Apple’s Logic and Avid’s Pro Tools. Ian has also worked with the likes of +44 (Mark Hoppus & Travis Barker), Fallout Boy, Frankie J, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, T-Pain, Deepak Chopra, Jerry Lewis, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, and many more. 

IMPORTANT!! WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T GET PROFESSIONAL HELP?
                            

 Well, ask yourself this, 3 months from now, how much better will my mixes sound? The reality is without proper training; they won’t sound much different. Yes, you can spend hours, days, and weeks trying to find YouTube clips online, but they only do so much. This mixing class has 4 hours of instruction from a professional Recording Studio with over 25 years of experience servicing some of the biggest bands in the world. Invest in something that matters, your passion for creating music! We’re the answer to help you get better. 

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