Compressors

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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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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Top-down mixing is a reverse approach where you begin with your stereo bus and work your way to the individual tracks. Learn how to utilize this method for musical sounding mixes, efficient results and less CPU load.

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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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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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