FabFilter plugin bundle is essential set of tools for Mixing and Mastering any kind of music. And as for today Pro-C 2 is the most advanced compressor that exists in the VST/AU plugin format.
In this 60 min Masterclass we are going to cover Compression Fundamentals - explain analog and digital compressor differences, main compressor parameters such as Attack, Release, Ratio, Threshold, Make-up gain etc.
Then we are going to review all the controls of FabFilter Pro-C2 and take a look at the examples of compression, sidechain compression and parallel compression based on various elements in the mix: guitars, bass, kick drum etc. Pro-C 2 is very versilite compressor that can be applied on different stages - production, mixing and mastering.
When it comes to compression when we talk about compressors - we have two types of compressors: musical compressors (vintage: LA-2, 1176) and technical digital compressors (Pro-C2).
FabFilter Pro-C2 is the best digital compressor that is available today.
Its the most intelligently designed and it is cleanest sounding.
The difference is Musical Compressions are usually modeled after classic analog gear and they add a little saturation to the sound. Vintage compressors can miss controls like no attack and release or no ratio.
Musical and Technical compressors are used in serial mode: musical compressor comes first and technical comes second.
Pro-C 2 in our terminology is technical compressor (though you also get musical results and there are multiple vintage modes). FabFilter Pro-C 2 is downward compressor. Which means when the signal exceeds the threshold the compressor turns entire signal down. If you are looking for upward compression or multiband options - FabFilter has Pro-MB plugin which is another amazing dynamics tool.
Though no previous experience in required - even advanced producers will find new information watching this course. Feel free to skip second video if you're already familiar with compression foundations.
Introduction into Analog and Digital Compression
Compression Fundamentals: Main compressor parameters - Threshold, Attack, Release, Ratio, Make-up gain and Auto-gain.
Daniel Wyatt is multi-platinum, Grammy and Emmy nominated audio engineer with credits from Ultra Records to Old Dirty Bastard to Norah Jones, and one of the most influential mixing and mastering instructors and course designers. In the last decade he taught over 1,000 producers and audio engineers how to mix and master modern styles of music from deep house, minimal techno, and trance to hip hop, trap, dubstep, and drum’n’bass. Many of his students have had their tracks hit the iTunes and Beatport charts.