A beginners guide to multiband compression

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by sserendipity, Oct 25, 2002.

  1. sserendipity

    sserendipity Member

    Hi all,

    About the only black box I don't have much of a handle on is multiband dynamics processing.

    Everything else, I know what I'm looking for, and can pretty confidently dial in the sound I hear in my head. Can anyone recommend a source to help me learn how to get the most out of this process?


  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Are you in Fremont? Fats
  3. sserendipity

    sserendipity Member

    I'm in San Francisco, and I commute to Sunnyvale every day.


  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Oh up and down 101 at rush hour? Fats :eek:
  5. invisibl

    invisibl Guest

    A multi band is a kewl tool. Only time i ever reach for it tho, is when the mix is shite.

    What does that say?
  6. sserendipity

    sserendipity Member

    As little as possible :> I usually take the train, and sleep on it, both ways.
  7. sserendipity

    sserendipity Member

    I'm also looking to use it on full range instruments, and sampled drum kits. I play Chapman Stick. I often find it difficult to keep the bassline and chords from fighting for space.
  8. jajjguy

    jajjguy Guest

    Yes! Multi-band can be useful on full-range instruments. In my case, the best example was a rhythm track recorded off an old organ. I wanted the bass to be huge, but i still wanted to hear the treble percussion sounds clearly. Multiband.

    Other times it's been useful on individual tracks are when i either want to do some pretty radical correction (like giving vocals some air and sizzle when they were recorded through a beta 58!), or to do a radical effect (like making a low cello track sit properly, and powerfully, in a heavily compressed hiphop mix).

    I wouldn't use it on an individual track that was close but needed some enhancement, that's what regular compression is for. Multiband is too radical a tool, and can really change a sound pretty easily.
  9. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Multiband compression is a powerful tool that is used mostly in mastering.. Think of it as a cut only eq with sliding filters. The harder you hit a certain specified frequency, the more it will compress that specific area of the bandwidth. One example. I have used frequency dependent compression (a variation) in tracking and mix situations where I had a vocal that at lower volumes sounded fine but when the singer started to belt it out the sound became very mid rangy creating resonance that was very annoying. I zero in on the offending frequency and attenuate it with the frequency dependent compression....low volumes - flat, volume peaks - big mid range cut..it really can smooth things out. Multiband compression is the same thing but with several bands all working at the same time on their own areas of the bandwidth.....Fats

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