audio engineering: All About Compression

learn everything about compression from different types of compressors to different compression techniques.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Ready to take your compression skills to the next level? In my All About Compression course I move on to more advanced information about compression. I will go over advanced compressor controls such as mix, knee, and side chain. If you've taken my basics of compression course then consider this course the next step to continue learning about compression. In All About Compression I will cover the different types of compressors, different kinds of compressors, uses for different type of compressors, classic compressors and how to use them, and much more. I also go over different compressor techniques and examples of use. This course will expand your capabilities with a compressor and introduce you to new ways of how to use them. I've been engineering for over 15 years now, and in that time I've gotten to use a lot of different compressors. And I've gotten to know some compressors very well. The more you use and learn about compressors the more the confident you will become in using them. And this course should help boost that confidence. Because all compressors are different it can be difficult to find the right compressor the job. I will go over my approach to choosing a compressor for a track. Anyone taking this course should have a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with a compressor plugin so they can go over and practice these techniques. The DAW being used in this course Presonus Studio One. However the DAW you use is not important, as all DAW's will come with a compressor. By sharing some of my knowledge of 15 plus years in audio this course will teach you the following:

  • Different compressor types
  • compression techniques
  • Multi band compression
  • De-essing and how to set a de-esser
  • choosing the right compressor
  • parallel compression
  • serial compression
  • side chain compression
  • using automation with compression
  • how to set a compressor for general compression
  • how to set a compressor for mix bus compression
  • classic comperssors and how to use them

What are the requirements?

  • knowledge of the basic compressor controls and use will be needed for this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • used advanced compression techniques
  • understand more about compression
  • learn different kinds of compressors
  • learn the types of compressors
  • learn parallel comperssion
  • learn side chain compression
  • learn mix bus compression
  • learn how to use a de-esser

Who is the target audience?

  • people understanding the basic of compression but want to take the next step in learning compression
  • anyone wanting to learn advanced compression techniques such as parallel compression and side chain compression
  • anyone wanting to learn how to use classic compressors such as the LA2A and the 1176
  • Anyone wanting to learn how to use bus compression
  • If you don't have a general knowledge of compression and how to use a compressor please subscribe to my free course "Audio Engineering: EQ and Compression for beginners" before taking this course. This course does go over basic controls and how to use a compressor

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Compressor talk
this is the introduction to the course
this lecture covers the different types of compressor such as Opto, FET, Vari-mu, and VCA type compressors.
This lecture goes over the different kinds of compressors used for audio engineering
This lecture gives some pros and cons to using hardware vs software
this is lecture covers advanced controls on a compressor
Section 2: compression techniques
This lecture teaches you the compression technique known as parallel compression. Also referred to as NY compression
This lecture teaches you the compression technique known as pumping
This lecture teaches you the compression technique known as serial compression
Section 3: Famous classic compressors
this lecture will teach you how to use a LA2A, classic vintage compressor
this lecture will teach you how to use am 1176, a classic vintage compressor
this lecture will teach you how to use a SSL bus compressor. A very popular mix bus compressor used in SSL consoles
this lecture will teach you how to use a Vari-mu compressor, a classic compressor known for mastering.
Section 4: setting a compressor
this lecture will teach you how to choose the correct compressor for what you want to compress.
This lecture will teach you a method I have created for setting a compressor
This lecture gives an example of the method shown in the previous lecture for setting a compressor.
This lecture will cover De-essing
This lecture goes in depth on using mix bus compression
This lecture is a continuation of the previouos lecture
This lecture will teach you how to use a multi-band compressor to tame plosives in a vocal
Section 5: Automation with compresison
This lecture will teach you how to automate your compressor controls
This lecture will teach you how to use volume automation post compression
Section 6: Conclusion
This is the conclusion to this course
All About Compression Quiz
20 questions

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Instructor Biography

Christopher "Czar" Smith, Independent Audio Engineer

Czar was born in Nashville, but got his musical roots while being raised in Memphis. He worked for a few studios in Memphis as well as owning his own recording studio called the Kremlin. In 2000 Czar founded Throneholder Productions, a production company for hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music. After years of producing independent artist, Czar later returned to Nashville to pursue a BA in audio production from the Art Institute of Tennessee Nashville, which he received with honors. During school he began to focus on engineering and mixing, which is where he finds most of his work since moving to Nashville. When he's not busy in a studio engineering or in the Kremlin mixing, Czar spends his spare time researching gear, blogging about audio, writing gear reviews, and posting helpful tutorial videos online to help others learn.

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