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Parallel Compression to Add Punch to a Snare Drum [1-Minute Mix Tip]

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Weiss here with a one minute mix tip. This is going to be about parallel compression.

Parallel compression is when you duplicate a track and you apply some form of compression to the duplicate and blend it back in with the dry. So I’m going to give you an example here. I have a snare drum.

[snare]

And I have duplicated that snare drum.

[snare, duplicate]

On a second track. Now I’m going to apply some compression, and this compression has a very slow attack, it has a very slow release, and a very low threshold, and the combination of that is going to exaggerate the punch of the snare.

Before…

[snare]

After.

[snare, after compression]

You hear that attack becomes very prominent, the sustain kind of disappears. Then what I’m going to do is I’m going to unmute the dry version, tuck this back down a little bit. Here’s before.

[snare, before parallel compression]

Here’s after.

[snare, after compression]

Alright, if you want to learn more, check out drumcompression.com. Until next time.

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Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning audio engineer from Philadelphia. Matthew has mixed songs for Snoop, Sonny Digital, Gorilla Zoe, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development, 9th Wonder, !llmind & more. Get in touch: Weiss-Sound.com.


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