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Where to Start with Compression (Beginners Guide to Mixing With Compression)

In this video, I’m going to show you where to start with compression in your mixes. Compression can be one of the hardest things to get your head around when learning how to mix and knowing where to start with it, but, along with EQ, is one of the most important. I’m going to demystify compression for you and explain how to use it in a mix.

The video is split into three parts. Firstly I briefly go over what compression is and it’s three most common uses. Next, I’ll explain all of the parameters of a compressor plugin (e.g. threshold, ratio, attack, release). And finally, I’ll show you how to use compression in a mix, by demonstrating the common uses of it.

Let’s get started!

Jump Ahead

  • Intro – 0:00
  • Part 1 – What is Compression? – 0:37
  • Part 2 – Compressor Parameters Explained – 2:37
  • Part 3 – Mixing With Compression – 9:28
  • Conclusion – 16:30

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