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One technique is to insert the compressor in a parallel signal path. This is known as parallel compression, a form of upward compression that facilitates dynamic control without significant audible side effects, if the ratio is relatively low and the compressor's sound is relatively neutral. On the other hand, a high compression ratio with significant audible artifacts can be chosen in one of the two parallel signal paths—this is used by some concert mixers and recording engineers as an artistic effect called New York compression or Motown compression. Combining a linear signal with a compressor and then reducing the output gain of the compression chain results in low-level detail enhancement without any peak reduction (since the compressor significantly adds to the combined gain at low levels only). This is often beneficial when compressing transient content, since it maintains high-level dynamic liveliness, despite reducing the overall dynamic range.

Serial vs. Parallel Compression

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13 years 11 months
Disclaimer: I am fully aware of how broad the scope of this question is, and how each specific track calls for individual techniques.

That being said, can we discuss when you would want to use serial compression vs. parallel compression?

Certain instruments?
Certain styles of music?
Analog vs. digital compressors?
Individual tracks or busses?
Different intended effects?

I’m looking for general discussion, aneCDotes, guidelines, thought processes, links to other trusted resources, examples, you name it.

FX Before or After Parallel Compression

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5 years 3 months
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 (Reverb etc.)

Do the pros route to the FX Aux tracks before or after the Parallel Compression?

- mrfye17

Parallel Compression Explained

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9 years
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 explanation.
There may be some reading this who might have heard of it - but don't know exactly what it is - or those who do know what it is, but who don't really know how to set it up in a DAW platform, and then, finally, how to use it.

Parallel Compression Question

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14 years 10 months
Hey everyone, I do all of my work in fl studio - stupid, I know, but I like it.

But something very odd about it is the send channels - If you have a regular track and a send track, whenever you apply compression to the send it gives this really strange phasing sound... even on mono sources. I have also played with pre/post fader to no avail. I can get it to work on adobe audition just fine.

Parallel Compression Explained

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21 years 2 months
I'm demoing an A-Design HM2 Nail this month. One of the things it does OTB very well is Parallel Compression. Here is a bit on it from Ronan
While searching for more information on this, I found a video from MikeChav explaining how he does this by duplicating a track and then compressing it. He then tucks the compressed track underneath the original.
Any else have more on this, please chime in.

problem with pumping parallel compression mastering techno

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21 years 2 months

i have produced some techno tracks that i am now trying to
master by myself for demo purposes and to test them on bigger club pas

i am doing this as the final process all inside my production session
recording the final stereo file to 16bit

after trying to gather some knowledge about mastering techno i could find
out that parallel compression on the master bus is a very common thing to do

basically the mastering process that I'm looking for is to faten up the whole mix