Compressors

These are the “bread and butter” tools of a mix engineer’s kit. Learn how to get your song sounding like a finished record with faders, pan knobs, EQs, compressors/limiters, saturators, delays and reverbs.

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Choosing which plugins to add to your creative arsenal can feel overwhelming. We’ve compiled a “buyer’s guide” of all-time user favorites to help you find the essentials for your productions and mixes.

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Waves Renaissance Axx is a unique dynamics processor which can intuitively level out a performance of guitars, vocals or synths, and add interesting harmonic flavor. See what this great-sounding plugin can do in action.

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The “under the hood” design of Waves Renaissance Vox and the no-frills design of Renaissance Compressor can be used to achieve great-sounding vocal compression quickly and efficiently. Learn to use these tried-and-tested classic plugins for your mixes.

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Hear the differences between the 4 CLA Classic Compressors: CLA-2A, CLA-3A and CLA-76 Blue and Black versions. Musician Chris Lawson does a shootout of each one on vocals, so you can see how to use them in your mixes.

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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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The classic consoles on which these plugins are modeled were the centerpieces of Abbey Road’s music revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Learn what they sound like, the differences between them, and how each can contribute differently to your mixes.

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How can you fix an anemic sounding snare without adding a sample? Waves CLA MixHub can add the fatness and beef you need in 2 simple steps. Watch Graham from the Recording Revolution walk us through the technique.

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How do you get out of a creative rut? Gaining inspiration sometimes means thinking outside the box. See how you can begin using your tools in new, exciting and inspiring ways.

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There’s nothing quite like the glue, punch and excitement that a lightly hit mix bus compressor can add to a song. In this old-school shootout, we compare 5 different compression flavors for your mix bus.

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