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Dynamic Range Compression a Home Recording Guide

A complete home recording guide to understanding and using professional compression techniques in your mixes.
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Created by David Maxey
Last updated 8/2013
English
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Description

Dynamic Range Compression is a complete video guide to using and understanding audio compression, for the project and home recording engineer.

Stop wasting hours of effort only to produce lifeless, embarrassing, mixes that don't compete with industry standard releases.

In Dynamic Range Compression you can learn how to use the gear you already own to produce an amazing mixes.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for those with a basic knowledge of home recording.
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What Will I Learn?
In this course you will learn to apply professional compression techniques to your own mixes.
You will produce projects with more punch and fullness than ever before.
Say goodbye to the embarrassment an amateur sounding mix.
You will learn how to compress vocals, guitars, keys and synth, bass and drums.
You will learn what compression is and how it works as well as mindsets for using compression.
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Requirements
  • Basic gear and knowledge of home recording are required for this course. The professional techniques explained in this course will work in any DAW (recording software). Links to download the free plug-ins, and .wav files of the project demonstrated, are also provided.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 05:11:56
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Understanding Compression for the Home Recording Studio
2 Lectures 39:28
In this lecture we will talk about what compression is and how it works. We will also look at a rack mounted compressor unit and discuss what the functions of each control.
Preview 19:47

In this lecture we will look at compressor plug-ins and talk about the function of their controls. This will also be a comparison to the rack mounted unit from our previous lecture. Don't forget to download the session and/or .wav files so you can load them into your DAW and follow along.

What is Compression and How Does it Work? (Part 2)
19:41
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Learning to Use Compression in Your Mixes
3 Lectures 01:02:43

In this lecture we will begin to address why and where we should be using compression in our mixes.

Mindsets For Using Compression
10:36

In this Lecture we will take a detailed look at using compression on a vocal track within an acoustic mix.

Vocals and Compression (Acoustic Mix)
27:03

In this lecture we will begin to explore using compression to keep the lead vocal from getting buried in a full band mix.

Vocals and Compression (Full Band Mix)
25:04
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Using Compression On Your Instrument Tracks
5 Lectures 01:28:00

Lets now take a look at some techniqes to use compression on our guitar tracks.

Guitars and Compression
12:53

In this lecture we will begin to take an in depth look at using compression in a full drum mix.

Drums and Compression (Part 1)
15:30

In this lecture we will continue to take an in depth look at using compression in a full drum mix.

Drums and Compression (Part 2)
20:36

In this lecture we will begin to look at how to compress bass guitar.

Bass Guitar and Compression
15:05

In this lecture we will cover some useful techniqes for using compression on Piano and Synth.

Piano, Synth, and Compression
23:56
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Other Ways to Use Compression
1 Lecture 30:55

In this final lecture we will discuss several other uses of compression and how they apply to home recording.

Multi-band, Sidechain, Parallel and Gating
30:55
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Bonus Content
3 Lectures 01:30:50

In this bonus video we will talk about one way to use compression on acoustic guitars within your mix.

Compressing Acoustic Guitar
30:49

In this bonus lecture we will deal with some potential uses of compression for your voice over projects.

Compression and Voice Over Work (Part 1)
30:49

In this bonus lecture we will continue to deal with some potential uses of compression for your voice over projects.

Compression and Voice Over Work (Part 2)
29:12
About the Instructor
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Live and recorded audio consultant, techy and musician.

David is a 15 year veteran of live and recorded audio. Today he is a consultant in this field and conducts technical, musical, and creative arts conferences for volunteer organizations. He is also the author of the podcast and blog http://www.homemusicstudio1.com where his passion is to teach people how to create professional audio on any size budget.

David has been a singer/songwriter and musician for more than 20 years now. His passion for recording started in the early 90's when he was asked to manage a small studio for the local non profit group, ACM.

Today David has logged thousands of hours in recording sessions for both his own projects and those of others. He has developed a simple yet effective mindset for building a professional mix called the 4-3 Framework.

Here is what one community member says about the 4-3.

“Just shared your great video on 4-3 framework on my FB page. Dave.. this is a brilliant, well thought out structure. You should make a poster of it... I'd hang it in my studio for sure!” - HomeTracks

David's desire and ability to produce professional audio, even on a small budget, has lead him to create the podcast and blog, Home Music Studio 1 Through this resource he has been able to help thousands of people create professional audio projects in their own home studios.

To connect with David click on the tweet or google+ button below. You can also contact him directly at his blog here .

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