Compression - The Beginners Guide!


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Compression – The Beginners Guide!

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Compression – The Beginner Producer’s Guide!

What’s up?!

One of the most confusing mixing concepts for producers is compression. It’s one of the most common questions I see being asked by beginners on forums, as well as to me personally. What exactly does compression do? And how can I use it in my tracks?

Today i’m going to try explain what exactly compression does, and how you can use it in your music and mixes.

Compression is basically used to ‘compress’ (as the name suggests) or squash the volume of the sound in a certain way. This can be used for different effects. For example on kicks I use it to compress the ‘trail’ of the kick, so the ‘punch’ stands out more. On vocals I use it to ‘flatten’ out the volume so it’s less dynamic and certain words don’t stick out as suddenly getting louder, if the singer got too close to the mic at a certain point or something like that.

You can use compression to ‘flatten‘ out the peaks of a certain sound overall, or you can use it to compress the volume of certain areas of the sound. There are many ways the compression plugin can be put to use, and I suggest you experiment a bit with the settings to find out more!

Anyways, the knobs.

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How to get great mixes without ACTUALLY having to mix!

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How to get great mixes without ACTUALLY having to mix!

First of all, before I begin writing this, I want to say that I do not consider myself a great mixer at all. I really only have basic knowledge, and I would never claim that I am anywhere near an expert on the topic. However, I still get a lot of people asking my how I mix my tracks and get all the sounds to sit well with each other.

The funny thing is, any mixing I do on my beats is really quite minimal. Today i’m not going to focus on my actual mixing process (that will be covered in a future post), but I will be talking about the MAIN technique I use to get everything sounding clear. And the thing is it’s really quite simple. 

It all comes down to choosing the right sounds.

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