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The Fundamental Controls of Compressors

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The best professional mixing engineers are typically also the best professional lazy people. Instead of having to manually ride faders constantly engineers decades ago invented an automatic volume automation tool and called it a compressor.

In this tutorial, Fab Dupont explains the most essential controls on this powerful and often confusing studio staple.

Fab explains what each knob does and gives you easy-to-remember tips that will simplify the process of dialing in your own compressor settings.

Compressor controls covered:

  • Threshold
  • Ratio
  • Make-up gain
  • Attack
  • Release

Learn how to set your compressor to gently kiss the peaks or rudely slap around the input signal with Fab's detailed explanations and clear audio examples.

Compression has a signature sound to it - once you hear it and understand exactly what's going on you can truly be in control over the tone, level and speed of your tracks.

Be sure to check out Compressor Controls Part 2.

Plugins Used:

  • Avid Dyn3 Compressor/Limiter
  • Universal Audio UAD 1176LN

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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.

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Queen Latifah

Jennifer Lopez

Mark Ronson

Les Nubians

Toots And The Maytals

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MvM
2017 Jun 16
By far the best tutorial on this topic I've seen so far!
erdincbashan
2017 May 31
Isn't Fab a great teacher/mentor? Thank you monsieur!
Jonathanbminor
2017 Jan 19
Thank you Fab !! I truly appreciate the lesson !!!
soundspace2001
2016 Dec 06
Very funny und lively and well explainded - thx!
davidromero
2016 Nov 22
I have a good understanding of compressor functions, but I watched this anyway. I've seen/read quite a few videos/articles about compressors and this is the best explanation Bravo Fab!
FacPhoto
2015 Jun 16
Haha Fab, I love this video, it´s hilarious =) Thanks
drbeckel
2015 Apr 28
For the French mathematicians: Gain reduction in dB = OS - [OS x R] where R is the compression ratio 1/n and OS is overshoot in dB GR = OS - [OS x 1/n] where n is the denominator in the compression ratio If n = 1, then GR = OS - [OS x 1/1] = OS - [OS x 1] = OS - OS = 0, ie., no reduction. If n gets so VERY big as to approach infinity, then the ratio 1/d becomes VERY small and approaches 0 and therefore GR = OS - [OS x 0] = OS - 0 = OS, ie., 100% reduction in the overshoot which is what a limiter does.
bdunn315
2015 Apr 08
Fantastic video Fab. Even for those who have been using compressors for a while, it's great to back up for a moment and really get an understanding of what is going on...and you have done a marvelous job once again laying things out in a way that provokes methodical thought. Thank you. I've truly deepened by knowledge and changed the way I approach compressors.
GuitarLegend
2014 Dec 06
I don't mind spending money on an educational video that confirms what I already know but I thought this one was so basic that it could have been a freebie...
eike_ebbel
2014 Dec 04
I would love watching a video about 2-bus-compression. I know how to handle comp settings on individual tracks but the last comp in chain makes me struggle sometimes especially when it comes to finding the right attack and release settings. Would be cool watching Fab do this special task in a special video.
msloan
2014 Nov 01
FAB....great job! excellent video!
jeromewauk
2014 Oct 30
Absolutely BRILLIANT explanation of compression parameters. Thanks Fab!!!!
rialcorrales
2014 Oct 29
One of the best explainations about compression I've seen. Good job Fab!!!
Fabulous Fab
2014 Oct 29
@emey: the french are coming, the french are coming!
emeyer
2014 Oct 25
Thank you very much, another great tutoriel on the audio tools, but will you put online a French version, because it is too much compressed for me in English ;-)
feel.to.sound
2014 Oct 17
great video but could to be the example files
JOEMARSH2013
2014 Oct 16
Great, very well done Fab!
knutrichard
2014 Oct 14
Excellent video!!!
soundgroove
2014 Oct 14
Super erklärt! Well Done!
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