Advanced Compressor Controls

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This video is the second part of our exclusive series on compression controls. After learning about the compression basics such as threshold and ratio in the first episode, it's time to take it a step further and explore all of these lesser-known controls that can leave you puzzled.

But be puzzled no more. Fab Dupont takes it upon himself to demystify settings such as Hold, ARC, Look-Ahead, etc, and describe them to you as clearly as possible. As always, every compressor control is illustrated by down-to-earth audio examples, so you can truly understand what the setting does and its different applications.

This follow-up video is perfect for anyone comfortable with the basic compression settings, and willing to master the compression tool in its entirety.

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2021 Jul 01
This was extremely informative, thanks for sharing Fab.
2018 Aug 04
I just watched the Compression Video part 1 and it was amazing. , I am so Looking forward to part 2. I was so impressed the way Fab explains things. I found if I walk away from Fabs Videos and haven't learned anything, its my falt. for not paying attention. and yes I did close my eyes lol
2018 Feb 13
2016 Dec 14
Super helpful insight!
2016 Apr 13
Your absolutely hilarious :) Makes learning easier when your laughing at the same time... It'sa nice!
2015 Aug 29
Sub in portuguese please!!!
2015 Jun 11
Superb video! What camera did you use for shooting?
2015 Apr 10
Hey that vocalist Windy sounded super familiar. Turns out she's on this video from the 90s: Super talented!
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2015 Apr 08
@mr.florian: I don't recall having the problem recently but I don;t use big plugin stacks. I would try upping the buffer size.
2015 Apr 05
At 1:08, the graphic, X axis is supposed to be input, and the Y axis the output, not the other way around.... ;) Anyways, awesome video, as always, just my cartesian mind got bugged :P
2015 Mar 30
thank you for this new video ! The video quality is also better than before. Good. I like the way you explain man... combined with nthe full mixing videos, I really value your hardwork. cheers from France, jonathan
2015 Mar 29
Hi Fab, I realized many times that the ProTools can not handle the "side-chain trick" well... somehow the latency compensation freaks out, shifts in a wrong way and loses the sync with the triggered signal (specialy if I use many plugins)... I'm sure you met this problem... How can I solve this? I tried many ways already. Busses, sends auxes... Still don't know, how should I fix it...
Alberto Rizzo Schettino
2015 Mar 29
@iorio: Spanish subs are coming ;) ¡No se preocupe!
2015 Mar 29
please sub in spanish!!
2015 Mar 27
Hi Fab, tu as besoin d'un peu de decompression, hin? Busy busy busy? Take care. First class video, pennys are starting to drop into place thanks to you and your team. I felt that I'd got the compression thing sorted but it seems I haven't yet. But I'm a bit closer. The knee is just what I need to sort out a loud acoustic guitar attack just after it comes into the track and has had me up late for a couple of nights. Sweet dreams are made of ......Pure Mix videos. Santé
2015 Mar 27
* always
2015 Mar 27
Thank you Fab! I was ways a little fuzzy on the soft knee, and you have helped remove the distortion. Great video.