Learn Compression & Dynamics Processing: The Complete Guide!
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Learn Compression & Dynamics Processing: The Complete Guide!

Learn everything you need to know about compression, which can take an OK recording/mix & make it a great recording/mix.
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  • 7 hours on-demand video
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  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Over 25 years of experience and expertise from a professional recording studio that has serviced bands such as U2, Blink 182, Switchfoot, Icona Pop and many many more.
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Requirements
  • Basic understanding of Computer Recording and Mixing
Description

About this course:

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 need to know how to use compressors. In this class you'll learn everything about using compressors. We'll take you from 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 fool proof 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.

In this class you'll learn...

Basic compressor controls. Advanced compressor controls. Different types of compressors. What compressors are commonly used for certain instruments. How to setup any compressor on any instrument.

What to listen for when setting up a compressor on: Drums (Kick, Snare, Toms, Overheads, Room Mics). Drum Busses. Bass Guitars. Synthesizers. Acoustic Guitars (rhythm and lead). Vocals (lead, backgrounds, harmonies). Voice Overs.

Advanced techniques like: Sidechain compression. Serial compression. Parallel compression. Multiband compression. Mix bus compression. Mid-Side (MS) compression. Automating the controls.

You'll 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: Sidechaining 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.

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, just 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 throughout 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 in creating music! We're the answer to help you get better.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners to advanced audio engineers and enthusiasts who want to learn industry standard mixing techniques and mixing secrets used by professional engineers on today’s hit records.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
1 Lecture 00:16

Important things to consider before starting this class.

Preview 00:16
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The Basics
5 Lectures 01:27:11

In this lecture we discuss the basics of Dynamics Processors and how they work.

Preview 12:16

In this lecture we discuss the basics of compression.

Compression Basics
08:41

In this lecture we discuss the basic controls used on compressors.

Compressor Controls
14:46

In this lecture we discuss the advanced controls used on compressors.

Advanced Compressor Controls
23:21

In this lecture we'll be discussing types of compressors, Tube, VCA, FET and Optical and their sonic differences.

Types of Compressors
28:07
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Using Compressors
10 Lectures 01:52:59

In this lecture we'll be setting the compressor, using your ears to dial in the settings for any instrument.

Setting the Compressor
21:18

In this lecture we'll discuss using compression for the the kick, snare and toms.

Kick, Snare and Toms
26:16

In this lecture we'll discuss using compressors for overhead and room mics.

Overheads and Room Mics
15:27

In this lecture we'll discuss using compressors for the drum bus.

Drums Bus
04:56

In this lecture we'll discuss using compressors for the clean electric bass.

Clean Electric Bass
12:04

In this lecture we'll discuss using compressors for the synth bass.

Synth Bass
05:20

In this lecture we'll discuss using compressors for the acoustic guitar.

Acoustic Guitar
07:13

In this lecture we'll discuss using compressors for vocals.

Vocals Part 1a (Easy)
07:08

In this lecture we'll discuss using compressors for vocals.

Vocals Part 1b (Easy)
08:46

In this lecture we'll discuss using compressors for vocals.

Vocals Part 2 (Aggressive)
04:31
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Advanced Techniques
9 Lectures 02:29:41

In this lecture we'll discuss using sidechain compression - EDM pumping synth effect.

Sidechain Compression Part 1 - EDM Pumping Synth Effect
13:30

In this lecture we'll be discussing sidechain compression - Making room in the mix.

Sidechain Compression Part 2 - Making Room in the Mix
09:33

In this lecture we'll be discussing sidechain compression - Trailing delay.

Sidechain Compression Part 3 - Trailing Delay
07:15

In this lecture we'll be discussing serial compression.

Serial Compression
09:40

In this lecture we'll be discussing parallel compression.

Parallel Compression
13:29

In this lecture we'll be discussing multiband compression.

Multiband Compression
24:33

In this lecture we'll be discussing mix bus compression.

Mix Bus Compression
34:44

In this lecture we'll be discussing mid side compression.

Mid Side Compression
18:16

In this lecture we'll be discussing frequency dependent compression.

Frequency Dependent Compression
18:41
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Limiters, Gates and Expanders
6 Lectures 01:10:29

In this lecture we'll be discussing limiters.

Limiters
16:54

In this lecture we'll be discussing gates and expanders.

Gates and Expanders
12:12

In this lecture we'll be discussing gates and expanders on a multitrack set of drums.

Gates and Expanders on a Multitrack Set of Drums
15:25

In this lecture we'll be discussing using a gate to change the envelope of a drum sample.

Using a Gate to Change the Envelope of a Drum Sample
09:59

In this lecture we'll be discussing using a gate to get ride of unwanted noise for a distorted bass.

Using a Gate to Get Rid of Unwanted Noise for a Distorted Bass
04:42

In this lecture we'll be discussing expanders and gates on vocals.

Expanders and Gates on Vocals
11:17
About the Instructor
Signature Sound
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3,881 Students
12 Courses
Discover Your Signature Sound

Signature Sound has been in business for over 25 years servicing Artists/Bands such as U2, Blink 182, Switchfoot, Akon, and Producers such as Jerry Finn, Steve Churchyard, Vincent Di Pasquale, Kiko Cibrian and many more. Signature Sound's commitment is to share our vast experience and expertise on a global scale. Learning from working professionals who record & mix on a day-to-day basis and who are up to date with the latest and most effective recording and mixing techniques is an outstanding resource to learn from. We believe Music is a very subjective, but we also believe diversity is crucial because not only does it allows you to expand your clientele or improve your bands recordings, but it also helps you Discover Your Signature Sound.

Ian Sutton
4.6 Average rating
205 Reviews
3,357 Students
5 Courses
Recording, Mixing and Mastering Engineer

Over the last 10 years I've had the opportunity to record and mix some of the best bands and artists in the business, including The Neighbourhood feat. Danny Brown, T-Pain, +44, Fallout Boy and Frankie J just to name a few. With the recent launch of my website iSound Audio Engineering I'm busier than ever but still enjoy helping new engineers and musicians learn the craft of recording and mixing.