Producertech Compression Fundamentals (Tutorial)

On this Compression Fundamentals tutorial, you’ll learn the most principles behind the technique, plus a tonne of various methods for a way to use it.
  • Publisher: Producertech
  • Product: Compression Fundamentals
  • Length: 3 hours

Compression is one of the foremost essential aspects of manufacturing music, ensuring tracks have consistent dynamics and loudness levels that meet professional standards. On this comprehensive Compression Fundamentals tutorial from Senior Tutor Rob Jones, you’ll learn the most principles behind the technique, plus a tonne of various methods for a way to use it.

Compression Fundamentals – Online Course Trailer

Compression Fundamentals begins with an indication of how compression affects an audio signal, before getting into a series of lessons covering each of the most parameters. Once the idea is roofed, Rob moves into his first realtime Compression Session, starting work on the course project by showing the way to process the snare and leads.

The last half of the Compression Fundamentals tutorial then focuses on more advanced techniques, including sidechain options, peak, and RMS detection, multiprocessing, and multi-band compression. Again, after the idea is explained, Rob develops each technique further in another realtime Compression Session.

Signing up to the Compression Fundamentals provides instant access to three hours of streamed tutorials, also because the projects and samples featured in them, plus written notes to ask and assist within the learning process. there’s even an included assessment, complete with listening exercises to assist with technical ear training.

Check out the free sample module for an example of the lesson content before signing up for the course, which can have you ever mastering compression and fattening up your mixes in no time!

Compression Fundamentals Tutorial Contents:

  • Course Breakdown
  • Module 1 – What is Compression?
  • Rob starts the course with a brief explanation of what compression is used for, followed by a more comprehensive demonstration of what exactly compression does to an audio signal.
  • Lesson 1 – Introduction – 1.31
  • Lesson 2 – Compression Demonstration – 6.41
  • Module 2 – Main Compressor Controls 
  • A guide to the main controls on a compressor, which determines how much compression occurs, including the level adjustment options and speed of the effect.
  • Lesson 1 – Threshold and Ratio – 6.39
  • Lesson 2 – Attack and Release – 4.49
  • Lesson 3 – Makeup (Gain) – 5.34
  • Module 3 – Compression Session Part 1 
  • In this first realtime session module, Rob works his way through various sounds in a project, to show how compression can be used to even out dynamics and fatten up sounds.
  • Lesson 1 – Snare Compression – 15.23
  • Lesson 2 – Lead 1 Compression – 10.00
  • Lesson 3 – Lead 2 Compression – 11.27
  • Lesson 4 – Leads Summary – 9.08
  • Module 4 – Compressor Sidechain 
  • Rob explains the various options you often find for the compressor sidechain, allowing you to filter the signal triggering the compressor, or change it to a different track entirely.
  • Lesson 1 – Sidechain EQ – 8.56
  • Lesson 2 – External Signal Triggering/Ducking – 4.48
  • Module 5 – Additional Compressor Options 
  • A guide to the range of additional controls found on compressors, including Dry/Wet, Knee, Peak & RMS Detection, and Vintage modes.
  • Lesson 1 – Parallel Compression – 7.03
  • Lesson 2 – Knee, Peak & RMS and Vintage Modes – 8.39
  • Module 6 – Multiband Compression 
  • A module looking at the benefits of multi-band compression, including instructions for how to set it up without a multi-band compressor, before showing the same process within iZotope’s Neutron.
  • 9.38
  • Module 7 – Compression Session Part 2 
  • In this second realtime session module, Rob continues working through the course project, showing some tips for compressing Kick Drums and all drums together on the group track, before moving into sidechaining the bass and leads. He then shows some alternative techniques for fattening up the snare and 2 different approaches for compressing the whole mix.
  • Lesson 1 – Kick Drum Compression – 17.51
  • Lesson 2 – Drums Buss Compression – 11.06
  • Lesson 3 – Sidechain Compression/Ducking – 9.08
  • Lesson 4 – Alternatives to Compression – 5.40
  • Lesson 5 – Master Channel Compression – 16.13
  • Outro
  • A brief farewell from Rob, with some recommendations for further study and assessment.
  • 0.31

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