Compressors

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, Variable-Mu and digital compressor plugins; increase your threshold of compression knowledge!

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Hear the magic of the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain in this 5 minute demo. Watch how you can turn a good mix into a great sounding master with this powerful, flexible and versatile plugin.

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After learning that for the better part of the past five decades the TG12410 mastering console has been used daily at Abbey Road Studios, we knew there must be some special magic about it. Watch Abbey Road's in-house engineers explain how they use it and what's so special about it.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) takes the lead and gets you into the rhythm of mixing wide, upfront, crunchy guitars.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) demonstrates how he crafts an explosive drum room sound using the HLS Channel and the PIE Compressor plugins. Blended just right, this sound can greatly enhance your mix.

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Are you under- or over-compressing your mix? Is every compressor serving a purpose? Learn how to improve your mix’s clarity, separation and impact without squashing the life out of it—or leaving it too loose and unrefined.

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Get essential tips for mixing vocals with Waves plugins that have unique features supplementary to those found in Studio One. Watch part 1 to learn how to use Renaissance Vox for super-transparent compression and gating.

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Compression: Am I overdoing it? Is the ratio and the threshold set in a way that is helping rather than hurting? See these common mixing mistakes and find out how to avoid them.

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Grammy-winning mixer Tony Maserati (Beyoncé, Jay Z) adds power and energy to bass and synth bass while blending both parts perfectly with the drums. See how he uses SSL and other plugins for detailed control to get a cohesive mix.

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In this video, Grammy-winning mixer Tony Maserati (Beyoncé, Jay Z) shares how he uses a sidechain to get drums to cut through a mix with EQ on a parallel compression buss.

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