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Compressors

Quickly get your vocals sitting in the mix with automatic leveling from Vocal Rider. This 3-click solution revives an old-school engineering technique and avoids the squeeze and pumping of compression for clean, exact levels.

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Controlling the dynamics of your vocal recordings is critical. Learn the most straightforward and effective solutions to compressing your voice, making it warm, present, nuanced and human.

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Compressing vocals with one plugin can either not do enough, or do too much and suck the life out of your voice. Is serial compression the answer? No, we have a better, foolproof method. Watch how!

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It can take serious time to hear how compression affects audio. We fast-track that process with the ultimate training guide for your ears – learn exactly what to listen for when using compression!

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The LA-2A and LA-3A are two of the most famous compressors of all time and have long been favorites for vocals, bass and other instruments. See our comparison between the tube and solid-state models and learn how to best use them for your tracks.

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EQs and compressors are perhaps the two most important tools in a mix. But which order should you use them in? Why does it matter? Let’s try to make sense of this never-ending debate.

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Mid/Side processing can be a secret sauce to add impact and width to music during mastering. But not all plugins have M/S. Learn how to “split” any plugin into M/S with the FREE StudioRack plugin chainer.

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Are you taking advantage of sidechain compression in your productions? Here you’ll learn both the essentials and creative uses of this fundamental production technique in modern music.

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Learn how to separate, rebalance and apply effects to snare hits in stereo drum loops, using the sidechaining option in Waves’ free StudioRack plugin chainer.

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Learn the different types of compressors and when to use each one while mixing. In this guide, we'll level out which compressors are which: VCA, FET, Optical, Tube and digital compressor plugins; increase your threshold of compression knowledge!

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