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Using Parallel Processing in Neutron Elements

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Sometimes, certain aspects of a mix could use a bit of a shakeup to stand out. Take, for instance, this percussion track, which sounds beautiful on its own, but it gets a little lost in the mix. I’ll solo it, and then we’ll hear it unsoloed in the mix.

[percussion]

[mix]

So you’ll notice, that it sort of disappears a little bit. So to solve this problem, what I’ll do is apply parallel compression, so we can get a punchy, powerful sound.

Now, what parallel compression gives us is a smoothness in level throughout the song, while simultaneously adding a punchy quality to the track, because we’re blending the dry signal with the punchy processed signal.

Let me show you what I mean. First, I’ll go to this drum track, which is right over here, and I’ll send it to a buss. I’m going to choose buss 1. Now, we can see aux 1 right next to our drum track, which is where the buss is sitting. I’ll go into audio effects and choose Neutron Elements.

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So after I’ve instantiated Neutron Elements, I’m going to choose from the presets. I’ll go to the drum buss folder and choose “Sample Percussion Buss.” Perfect.

Now, we can see a couple of modules are active here. The first is equalizer, we have a really sort of interesting and exciting EQ curve. A little boost at 1.4kHz. Our compression module is also active, and we can see we have a threshold here at -13.7dB. I’ll drag it down a little bit to really squash what’s on this buss.

We also have the exciter active, which has the drive all the way up, and a blend of 10, and it’s set to a warm sound. Now that I’m happy with my parameters, I’m going to flip back to the drum track and send a copy of our dry drum signal into the buss, which is on aux 1, which has our Neutron Elements preset on it, so that I can blend the compressed signal with the dry signal via this little slider right here.

[mix, with and without processing]

So by only making a few moves and choosing a preset, this drum track is made that much more powerful and punchy by way of parallel compression in Neutron Elements.

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