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How To Listen: Compression Edition

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Can you really hear what your compressor is doing?

In this pureMix.net Exclusive, Fab Dupont returns to the How To Listen Series. This time, It’s the Compression Edition.

Compressors are one of the most valuable tools we have as engineers. Offering us the ability to control dynamics and shape the tone and behavior of the source material.

But can you really hear what your compressor is doing?

Over the course of this 40-minute tutorial, Fab will show you how to:

  • Listen to dynamics not only as levels but as frequency changes
  • Send elements further back or forward in your mixes to increase depth
  • Add consistency to drum performances
  • Identify the behavioral differences between famous compressors.

After teaching you how to hear the differences, Fab will give you a quiz, where you will have to identify the difference between 4 popular compressors on Bass Drums, helping you to add the sonic signature of multiple compressor settings and styles to your sonic memory.

Learn techniques and approaches to compressing vocals, drums, and one of the most overused applications for compressors, 2-Bus Compression; from Fab Dupont.

Reveal Quiz Answer
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Equipment & Software

Software

  • FabFilter Pro C2
  • Oxford Compressor
  • UAD 1176 Rev A
  • UAD 1176LN Rev E
  • UAD DBX 160
  • UAD SSL G Bus Compressor
  • UAD Teletronix LA-2A
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Mentors
Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is a Grammy winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of pureMix.net.

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.

Credits

David Crosby

Queen Latifah

Jennifer Lopez

Mark Ronson

Les Nubians

Toots And The Maytals

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okamara
2018 Sep 03
@basso: open is slow attack
TC Hotrod
2018 Aug 07
Glad to see these "How to listen" series are back. Fab always have a very pedagogical way to approach any mixing issue from the very begining of Puremix. He manages to remain interesting whatever subscriber's skill level. I guess this is real part of PM success. These videos are really complementary to full mixes. Keep on releasing guys ! @ basso : "open" attack setting means slow. ;)
stuart.ch
2018 Aug 01
Absolutely superb stuff. Fab is really amazing at explaining things.
basso
2018 Jul 31
Is an "open" attack setting, fast or slow?
guy.pelletier@century21.ca
2018 Jul 27
Thank you Fab for leaving the cookies on the lower shelf where I can reach them! Guy
Tamko
2018 Jul 25
It's very useful for understanding how attack works . Also it helps to understand that it's not very good idea to have just one universal compressor for everything. Drums part of this video is the most clear for understanding the difference between compressors.
sarielaurelio
2018 Jul 24
Please, in spanish!
thomas.r
2018 Jul 19
Great video! Just saw the Q&A with Ryan Hewitt. Is it possible to see pure mix other videos on you tube too?
silakov1987
2018 Jul 17
Pretty cool video! Thanks, Fab, you are awesome!
Maxiemixer
2018 Jul 16
At25 minutes I hear the snare jumping a lot in volume, it's quite confusing :)
ArmedNDaverous
2018 Jul 14
Very helpful video. Very detailed yet to the point. Would love to see more like this. Thanks Fab!
jordanne
2018 Jul 12
Thank you, really thank you sir
jordanne
2018 Jul 11
GREAT We waiting for an EQ edition now^^
LucaSkyline
2018 Jul 11
Always interesting stuff! never paid too much attention to attacks but since this video...i will! Thanks puremix! always over the top ;)
L Pass
2018 Jul 10
Fantastic!
vovk.pavlik
2018 Jul 10
Hi. I'm not good in english, and i want to know - can i turn on subtitles?
moda
2018 Jul 10
great stuff! in the quiz I mixed up the DBX and the C2 because to my ears those two guys are in the same ballpark. I have yet to find something where the LA2A is of any help. Whenever I turn it on at first I don't hear any difference and though I'm gently cranking it up it goes from nothing to squashed within the blink of an eye. And it's not nice squashed- it's dead
moda
2018 Jul 10
great stuff! in the quiz I mixed up the DBX and the C2 because to my ears those two guys are in the same ballpark. I have yet to find something where the LA2A is of any help. Whenever I turn it on at first I don't hear any real difference and though I'm gently cranking it up it goes from nothing to s
jessrho
2018 Jul 10
Thanks Fab, useful stuff to know!
DRocksRecords
2018 Jul 09
wow. Perfect course. Thats awesome teaching. thanks man
jcrodriguez
2018 Jul 09
Clear, unbiased and thorough. Vital info to be able to hear the difference between a vibrant mix and a flat, lifeless one. Excellent tutorial!!
jarvismarcedo
2018 Jul 09
Superb lesson..tough quiz ,couldn’t guess the right order though. So back to listening while keeping my eyes closed that’s the tough part , so used to looking at the screen while working.
Michaeltn86
2018 Jul 09
great video Fab, thanks. though I wished u talked more about using compression to put thing forward / backwards in a mix context, and changing compressors while mixing to giving examples (though you gave lots of hint!). I also would like to ask a video about multi band compressors in depth like this too, eq too (also some videos about harmonic content, which is something that I still get confused a lot....)!! thank you very much. ps: I was wrong on C2 and uncompressed. haha
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