1. Louise

    New singer trying to understand the process

    Hey everyone. I am new to this forum. I have just been in a pro recording studio for the second time and my tracks have come back obviously compressed and sounding dull sound wise and fairly quiet... Do you know what I have to be saying back to the studio to get a louder, crisper sound? I know I...
  2. DonnyThompson

    Bruce Swedien's view on compression

    i don't think it's any secret as to how Bruce Swedien feels about using compression: "Compression is for kids." "Compression is a crutch. " And finally, if that doesn't give you an idea about how he feels: "I hate compression." We're not talking about a newbie here - as we all know, the guy...
  3. Automation, clip gain or compression?

    Ok so I've been learning a lot about this whole mixing game. I've done some mixes for some university projects and I'm starting to get somewhat of a hang of it. However, there's one thing that I can't quite decide on. I know that compression is used to reduce the dynamic range of a signal, and...
  4. Mixing Audio

    Hi guys, brand new thread, it feels clean ! Here's a recording I did literally just now. I have a gate at -48dB, preopen-5ms atk-10ms hold-10ms release-100ms. I did those settings because the Gate would chomp away at my words ! For the EQ, I didn't mess around with trying to enhance my voice ...
  5. Help Upgrading Studio

    Need help on What I should Upgrade my set up to..Im willing to spend atleast 250$ max on each new Item current setup: PRO TOOLS 8 LE Audio Technica AT2020 SA ISO SOUND BACK GUARD Mackie Creative Reference CR3 2‑way Monitor Speakers MBOX MINI 3RD GEN Sennheiser HD 650 Over‑Ear Headphones All...
  6. ChrisH

    The History of 2 Bus/Stereo Bus Compression & How you're using it today

    Hey everyone, Hope your mix week is well. I found this article on subject and thought I would share: Which got me thinking and searching (with no luck) "who the first mixing engineer was to successfully use mix/stereo/mono/2 bus...
  7. audiokid

    What is gain reduction on a compressor?

    Here is one answer: The amount of gain reduction is determined by ratio: a ratio of 4:1 means that if input level is 4 dB over the threshold, the output signal level is 1 dB over the threshold. The gain (level) has been reduced by 3 dB: Threshold = −10 dB.
  8. EQ & compression

    Hello, new to the forum and I seek wisdom and prosperity. I'm thinking about the way to mix e.g. a guitar. First you filter out frequencies, then at some stage you compress. My thought about this (I may not have understood compression completely yet) is that when i EQ out some Hz, but then...
  9. mrfye17

    FX Before or After Parallel Compression

    Hi Peeps, I have a question and not sure what the approach of the pro-mixers are. If I have a track (any type - lets say Kick as an example) which I process with Eq, Gate, Basic Compression etc on the inserts. and I also send this to a Parallel Compression Aux track and now want to add FX...
  10. jjitter

    A question about compression

    So I have been trying out every thing I learn here, but have a question which might be a little basic. Feel a bit confused about the idea of using a compressor. Should I let the peaks (say drums) be as they are but without clipping and bring up the other instruments with a compressor, or let...
  11. DonnyThompson

    Parallel Compression Explained

    Sean sent me a PM and asked me if I might take shot at explaining Parallel Compression ( from here on out, we'll refer to this as PC, and not as a refernce to my esteemed colleague PC/ Marco. ;) ). Sean thought that perhaps those who are newer - or more novice mixers - might benefit from an...
  12. DonnyThompson

    The Myths of Compression

    This is a good read, for both newbie and veteran alike.
  13. Nos Preamp and Compression Tube advice

    I'm Looking for great choices of nos tubes for my pro vla and my mpa gold the cheap tubes i had sounded great until i got both units modded now all my different tubes like really really impact the sound of the recording and im coming to find out that my tube selection sucks lol ill list them...
  14. Kurt Foster

    Yamaha 24/192 interface w/instrument di / 2 mic /2 line w/fx & compression under $200.

    any thoughts?
  15. DonnyThompson

    Compression & EQ - in what order do you use them ?

    I thought a discussion would be in order, considering that most of us will often use both. Accordingly, I thought it would be interesting to see what our members think, and how you approach the order of EQ and Compression in a mix... The discussion doesn't need to be limited to just the track...
  16. audiokid

    compression & dynamics, 1970 vs now

    Wow, I just put on JJ Cale "Naturally" , man, does that bring me home. But beyond the memories (God rest JJ Cale), I can't believe how dynamic the sound is compared to music today. Blow my mind. Man, are we all over compressing everything today. I know the sound I get today is so much better...
  17. Problem with Mixing Levels. (Limiter on each track?)

    Hello, I have a very simple question about the levels in mixing, here it is; I know the peak of the final mix-down must be somewhere between -6 and -3 db, let's say it will be 6 for this example. I start by recording every instrument around 15 and 12, adjust it on my MOTU audio...
  18. ChrisH

    Is Analog mixing and processing superior to Digital mixing and processing?

    Yep, I know this has been discussed too many times already but I'm looking for some real answers and some real proof. Does anyone have any proof that the end mix result when using a high quality analog console, all outboard analog gear for processing, really sound better than mixing all in the...
  19. Alan Parsons - NO Compression?

    Per Alan Parson's Q & A sessions on GS, he was asked about using compressors. He stated he did not use compression on his mixes. So what's up with that? Alan saying that, and my recalling of his Alan Parsons Project albums, it kind of makes sense (to me anyways). Those albums sound heavily...
  20. jarjarbinks

    How to attain mixing consistence?

    Hello all, Brief question, What do you do to ensure mixing consistence all throughout a studio album? I know every song must be treated differently from a creative stance during the mixing process, but what do you do to bring consistence to this process?