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FINALLY, A Simple Way Of Understanding Compression

Compression can be one of the hardest things to get your head around when learning how to mix.

There’s a ton of audio jargon to learn. You’ve got –

  • Threshold
  • Ratio
  • Attack
  • Release
  • and so on…

Maybe you know that you need to use a compressor in your mix, but you’re not sure why…

Or maybe you know why you need to use compression, but you’re not clear on what ratio to use, how fast the attack should be and so on.

But it doesn’t have to be complicated…

I’m going to demonstrate how to get your head around the main functions of a compressor. This simple, yet slightly unorthodox method of understanding compression helped me a lot when I was learning, and I think it’ll help you too.

In this video, I go through threshold, ratio, attack and release in a way that is clear and will enable you to visualise the effect, rather than just hearing it.

Take a look…

Did this help you in understanding compression? Leave a comment below if you’d like me to go into further detail!

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