Compressors

Sidechain compression is a top production technique in dance music, but sidechaining can be a difficult effect to master. Learn 5 top sidechain compression workflows to help you understand how sidechain compression works and how to get the most from its creative workflow effects.

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Learn how to transform weak snare drum tracks into strong sounding hits that make an impact in any style of production. Producer and mixer Billy Bush (Garbage, Jack Bugg) shows you how, using his custom “BB Snare” mixing chain for StudioRack.

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High-energy rappers are fun to work with, but to mix them properly you need to know how to sweet-en and control aggressive rap vocals. Learn the top 4 ways to achieve this goal, using fundamental mix-ing and recording tools.

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Learn how to mix aggressive sounding bass guitar tracks to complement the energy and impact of heavy rock productions. Producer/mixer Chris Baseford (Rob Zombie, Shinedown) shows you how, using his custom “Bass DI/Amp” mixing chain for StudioRack.

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Long pauses between A and B options are your enemy when comparing subtle differences between different compressors. Learn how to A/B your plugins instantly with a single mouse click, using StudioRack’s parallel split racks.

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Producer/mixer Chris Baseford shows you how to control a complex plugin chain for lead vocals, based on two layers of parallel compression – with his ‘Lead Vocals’ chain preset, included in the free StudioRack plugin chainer.

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Your drums might lack the power they need. Hear how StudioRack’s Drums Driver preset can add that power and presence to your drum bus, thanks to a tasty combination of vintage console effects and Eddie Kramer compression.

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Learn how to quickly mix acoustic guitars, using this custom StudioRack plugin chain. Watch how the chain was created, learn how to control it using the included macros, and download the free chain preset to use in your mixes.

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Low-level compression is a fantastic technique to bring out the subtleties of a performance. Learn a method of combining the Waves MV2 with a distortion to get great-sounding and creative results.

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Find out what multiband compression is, get tips on how to choose different multiband compressors for different purposes – and learn some practical ways to use it in your mixing and mastering sessions.

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