How To Use Multiband Compression

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Learn How The Pros Use Multiband Compressors

WARNING: If you haven’t seen The Fundamentals of Compressors and aren’t familiar with compressor settings in general, we suggest you watch that one first as this tutorial requires a strong working knowledge of compressors.

Multiband compression is a powerful tool that if used incorrectly can instantly destroy a mix and fool you into thinking your mix sounds radio ready when it actually sounds radio flat.

In this tutorial Fab Dupont dives in deep into dark world of multiband compressors and explains the theory behind these beasts while also showing you how and where to apply these techniques to your own mixes.

Learn from Fab’s 4 unique examples:

  • Removing the boominess from an upright bass
  • Fixing a poorly recorded singer
  • Bringing a crushed to death mix back to life
  • Turning a great mix into a killer master

Watch and learn all the tips and tricks you need to know to be a master of multiband compression

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Equipment & Software
  • Fabfilter Pro-MB
  • Waves C4
  • Flux:: The Alchemist v3
  • McDSP ML4000
  • Universal Audio UAD Precision Multiband
  • Sonnox Oxford EQ
  • Universal Audio UAD Pultec Pro
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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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2020 Aug 16
The video was well done. This videos is not only about multiband compressor. It explain how to make bass more focus, talks about expansion... When I purchased the video, I hoped that the video would dig more into it... By the way, if you are looking for someone who will explain you how to fix cross-over frequency in context, it's not the right video.
2019 Jun 20
I had got a question: why do you need MB, if I have never used it for 10 years, and after this video it's not a question for me anymore. Thanks. But at the same time I feel that now (in 2019) Gullfoss by Soundtheory can do the same job as MB correction for you automatically.
2019 Jan 11
Awesome !
2018 Oct 02
Merci beaucoup ! Super intéressant comme d'habitude :)
2018 Jul 22
Great Video !!!
2018 Apr 06
Merci beaucoup I know to fix the mud in my low end. I play a lot with deep bass synt sounds and lo fi samplers. I know my mixes get muddied up, but this will keep things in line.
2016 Dec 15
Très intéressant ! Et voila ! :)
2016 Nov 29
Thanks! It's amazing that you give some tips for fixing bad recorded things. That's something that a lot of us deal with these days.
2016 Jul 31
thank you Fab!! best regards from Chile.
2016 May 30
I really liked Fab using multi-band compression on a crummy vocal recording, I never really thought to use the tool like that.
Nicola Pulvirenti
2016 Apr 28
Fab your mixing view is always so inspiring and smart, thanks a lot!
2016 Apr 07
Great tutorial Fab. Can you please let me know if the Atoms Moved - Lovers Left Behind is available to buy from somewhere? Really digging the music. Unfortunately I cannot find any info on the artist and song online.. Thank you and keep on the good work
2016 Apr 04
After watching this video, i went over some tracks I made at home, and applied more multi-band compression at the start of the plugin chains for various individual tracks. In addition to buss multi-band compression, It really made a difference in how nicely the tracks played with each other, and it seemed a bigger difference vs. just a buss level multi-band compression alone. Do you find that you consistently do a lot of individual track multi-band compression, or do you find it less necessary with higher quality tracking? Thank you !!
Il Pianista
2016 Apr 02
To continue: A dynamic eq does what Fab says at 5:05 here. A compressor can be divided into two main circuits: "Detection" and "Gain reduction". The detection circuit monitors the signal and, as soon as the signal passes the given threshold, it must say it to someone. In this case "someone" is the Gain reduction circuit. In a Dynamic EQ, "someone" is an eq. So "Detection" tells "EQ" when to be active and when not. Not only that, but in a dyn Eq this can be achieved gradually, which makes Dynamic EQs something on their own. The use is very similar, though.
Il Pianista
2016 Apr 02
@Gary @benlindell John Paterno is using the AE400 which is actually a Dynamic EQ, whereas Fab is using an ML4000 in this video, which is a multi-band dynamics: those are different products (inside the McDSP catalogue, I mean).
2016 Apr 01
Hello I only got c4 and pro MB. Alchemist v3 is too expensive for me. If there is any other plugins can do the similar job of Alchemist v3?
2016 Mar 31
Fantastic! thanks Fab!
2016 Mar 30
@Gary The McDSP plugin is a Multiband Dynamic EQ, the primary difference between it and a typical Multi-band compressor is instead of filtering "departments" to be compressed it uses more of a EQ like bell that responds dynamically to the signal. They're similar but slightly different which is Fab wanted to highlight that plugin in particular.
Gary Ambrosino
2016 Mar 30
Very nice video. My question is -- - in the Paterno video I heard him referring to the McDSP plug-in as a "multi band equalizer". Here we're talking multi band "compressor". Same thing ? Different ? Maybe I'm just continuing to be a confused guy ?