New Tutorial: Mixing with Compression
Some of my clients have included Ronnie Spector, Uri Caine, Arrested Development, Snoop Dogg, Dizzee Rascal, Gift of Gab, and more. I’ve mixed a lot of records.
Over the years, one thing I struggled with was compression. I think every engineer, as they’re learning struggles with compression, I think even experienced engineers struggle with compression because there are so many possibilities and things you can do with compression that it becomes overwhelming.
I have a tutorial I’ve put together, and the whole idea is to get rid of the mystery and really break it down into what the theoretical and technical means of compression are and how that affects sonic shape.
Sonic shape is the crux of everything; it’s understanding attack, decay, sustain, release, and how that relates to tone, texture and emotion. Then putting all that foundational understanding into practical application and going through lead vocals, drums, bass, percussion, even the whole mix.
Once we do that, once we understand the theory and we get some of the tacit knowledge and practice, then compression no longer seems mysterious. It becomes something we have mastery and control over, and we can use it to make creative decisions.
Learn more: Mixing with Compression