5 Awesome Compression Tricks for the Mixing Engineer


5 Awesome Compression Tricks for the Mixing Engineer

20 Feb, 2023

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Compression is an essential part of the mixing process. It can make mixes sound more exciting, fuller, and help to create a dynamic feel for your music. The best way to use it is by understanding how compression works and knowing what settings to adjust in order to get the desired effect you want. In this article we will go over 5 awesome compression tricks that will change the way you mix!

Use a compressor on the master bus. One of the most common ways to use compression is by placing it on the master bus. This will help to control the dynamics of your entire mix and will make it sound more cohesive. You can adjust the settings to get the desired effect, but generally you want to keep it fairly subtle.

Use a compressor on individual tracks. Another great way to use compression is by applying it to individual tracks. This can be especially helpful for instruments that need extra control such as vocals or drums. By compressing these tracks, you can achieve a more consistent level throughout the song and help them sit better in the.

Use a compressor on the drum bus. This is another common trick that we use in mixing. By compressing an entire drum kit, you can get it to sit nicely together and make it sound more cohesive instead of sounding like every kick, snare and cymbal has its own space in the mix. You will want to adjust the settings so they are not too intense but provide enough “grip” for each individual element within your song.

Using parallel compression (New York Compression). The New York technique involves using two compressors at once (one hard knee/fast attack & one soft knee/slow attack). Set the fast compressor with super fast attack and release times to catch the peaks of your sound. Then set a slower compressor with longer attack and release time settings that is working more on bringing up the lower levels of your track. This works especially well when compressing drums or any other percussive element of your song. The second compressor helps even out the volume differences between the louder hits from the first one, while also providing extra punch at lower volumes where it can be harder for people to hear what's going on in those quieter sections.

These are some examples of how you can use compression in your mixes. Experiment and have fun.Thanks for reading!