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

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.


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.





[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 Until next time.


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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