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New Tutorial: Mixing with Compression

Hey folks. Matthew Weiss,, I’m a mix engineer. I’ve been mixing for over a decade.

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


Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is the recordist and mixer for multi-platinum artist Akon, and boasts a Grammy nomination for Jazz & Spellemann Award for Best Rock album. Matthew has mixed for a host of star musicians including Akon, SisQo, Ozuna, Sonny Digital, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development and 9th Wonder. Get in touch:

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