Advanced Parallel Compression on Drums




In this tutorial, Fab Dupont takes the parallel processing madness one notch deeper and shares his advanced parallel drum processing techniques.

Use these tips to:

  • Give your drums a larger than life depth, punch, buoyancy and presence
  • Preserve the irreplaceable transients and dynamic range
  • Learn how to recognize and handle phase issues when working in parallel

We strongly encourage you to watch Fab’s Parallel Compression on Drums to learn the basic principles and concepts that are referred to in this tutorial.

Plugins Used:

  • Massey CT4
  • Universal Audio UAD 1176LN
  • Sonnox Oxford EQ

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is a Grammy 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 been nominated for Grammys 6 times, including two Latin Grammys and has received many other accolades around the world, including Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards and US independent music awards.


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2019 Jul 02
Very nice!
2017 Oct 16
" One choice is you can do nothing, it's fast.. and sometimes works great"- F.Dupont Epic
2017 May 30
I'm learning so much. Fab, you are a wonderful teacher! Thank you!
2016 Dec 01
A great step compared to the other video concerning parallel compression - very sophisticated - still don't know whether pro's do the same with OH and Room-Mics
2016 Jun 08
Great video! Often times I'll turn my crush bus down because the kick drum blows it up, sending to the crush via a bus is brilliant! Thank you.
2014 Sep 09
Excellent video! The concepts were perfectly conveyed. I've been able to adapt this to a few sessions in Cubase and noticed that when combining both the clean and crush buses with the additional kick and snare compressed individually, the need to EQ individual kit pieces is greatly reduced.
2014 Jul 29
Thank you so much for this! It clears up all the "why is this" for me. Would love a tutorial on the differences between the Linear Phase EQ and the regular EQ in Logic, as they look the same but are named differently.
not the mama
2014 Jul 04
I've run into quite a few compressors that have a output mix knob, including Logic's compressor. Couldn't use you use this feature in place of the more complex send routing and call it a day?
2014 Jun 30
Wow! Two light bulbs went off after watching this. I lost my kick drum on a mix after putting EQ on the parallel track and couldn't figure out why--now I know. And copying the main fader settings to the send faders and treating it just like another mix. It makes perfect sense, but it never clicked in my head--now I know. Thank you Mr. Fabulous!!
2014 May 31
Great video.
Fabulous Fab
2013 Oct 11
@Karim. Yes that is what I am doing. It works. Try it. You'll see it adds a little fuzz and excitement. It does not work all the time of course.
2013 Oct 06
When you created the individual instrument parallel compression (let's say the bass drum one), why did you send that individual bus to the crush bus? You are parallel compressing the parallel compression?
Eric Vo
2013 Aug 01
The issue with eq was good to know!
2013 Jun 11
Been trying to mix for years and these tutorials opened up some doors in my mind, Well Done Fab. Also love the way you present the information, clear concise and straight to the point.
2013 Jun 08
Loving this!!!
2013 May 21
Great video. As always!!