JumpStart to Compression

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Compression is certainly one of the most important and most misused effect in the art mixing. This tutorial, taken from the JumpStart Series made by Graham Cochrane will explain all the features and settings of a typical audio compressor.

You will learn how to add some punch and energy back to your mix and individual tracks, achieve consistent and upfront vocal tracks for a modern sound and how to get a fatter than real life drum sound. All done with a simple compressor plug-in that most likely comes stock with your DAW. If you would like to learn about compression and acquire a solid and in depth understanding of how this tool works, this tutorial is for you.

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Graham Cochrane

Graham Cochrane is a creative and versatile producer, engineer, songwriter, and worship leader based out of Tampa, FL. He is also the founder of The Recording Revolution, one of the world's most loved audio recording and mixing blogs with over 200,000 readers each month.

As a lifelong singer/songwriter and musician his passion for recording and mixing has grown from the bedroom studio, to university (where he studied audio production), to multi-million dollar studios, to Fortune 500 software companies, and all the while freelancing for artists and bands around the world.


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2021 Jun 13
Please Spanish Subtitle!!! Is more easy learn in the native language. Thanks!
2020 Dec 16
Hi! thanks for the video! I just found the JumpStart Series and I really like it. I just have a question, what us means on the compressor's attack, is that microseconds? I mean, when you are setting the attack at 742us is that less that 1 millisecond?
2019 Jul 10
This guy is an amazing teacher, it's obviously his gift. Hey Fab, please bring me more this guy.
Bem Abu
2019 Jun 01
For an absolute beginner like me, this series really demystified a lot. Things I spent six years trying to get someone to intern and learn from. Grateful for the web too and the team behind all the informative journey.
2018 Dec 29
Great class!!!
Kasper Westeraa
2015 Jan 25
Very informative video - thanks. The vocal track used in the video sounds autotuned to my ear - is that correct, or is that just my paranoid concerning standard procedures in the music industry rearing it's ugly head?
2014 Jan 30
Aggi, I was also confused with snare example. I think opening the attack emphasizes the transient, not the tail :) But on the other side, if release is quick it means the tail is first compressed and then quickly getting louder and louder - so more consistent till the end of the hit.
2014 Jan 15
Great video! The specific examples of using compression on vocals and snare were very helpful.
2013 Nov 30
Compression has eluded me for years. I have always understood it at a head level, but it's never really sunk in... until now! Thanks for your great analogies and explanations.
2013 Jun 25
Cool Video... but wait, I´ll have to write that down: By opening the attack of a compressor I can emphasize the "ring" of the snare and thus reduce the difference between transient and body... ... :-) Well... whatever sounds good.
2013 Jun 22
I don't be scare anymore :) Great Videos and very easy to understanding how to use Compressors!!! Cheers