Transparent Vocal Compression

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Learn advanced compression techniques in order to process and compress your vocal track.

Fab discusses how to compress a vocal track without ruining it.

-Concept and workflow setup
-Standard Avid Compressor
-Threshold vs Ratio
-Attack vs release
-Low level passages handling
-Automation vs compression

The attached zip file contains the stereo instrumental and raw vocal tracks of the song.

Please download it and import the files in the DAW you use to make music (any software will do really!) This way, you can improve your mixing skills and transparently compress this vocal track using your own compressor.

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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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2022 Apr 19
This the best demonstration of vocal compression I've seen because it translates the various compressor settings into musical terms that you can weigh against. Also the selection of the vocal stem was the perfect to demonstrate this effect, so I think the lesson is so good because you actually selected a very dynamic vocal performance in a genre where finding that right level of compression is very important.
2022 Jan 20
Hello, I have some synchronization problems with this video and some others... the audio does not go with the image and the subtitles... any suggestions?
2021 Oct 16
Great tutorial, thanks so much Fab!
2020 Jul 13
Great video, thank you! One thing I'd like to know: at 14:30 you say you'd rather automate the gain instead of changing the threshold (which would affect the whole track), but you aren't changing the gain, but automating it :) Meaning, why wouldn't you automate the threshold then (or ratio)? I understand - it might cause some clicks, but the "rectangle" automation can do it too (probably not haha). I just want to know if I can really automate the compressor parameters - there's a possibility to do it, but it isn't clear if they mean us to do it. Thank you:)
2020 May 01
la relation entre les différents paramètres est peut être difficile a comprendre notamment entre le résultat voulu et les techniques pour y arriver, ici il n y a pas de magic setting, juste ce qu'il faut comprendre ! et merci :)
2019 Nov 27
Travail incroyable et merci!
2019 Jan 27
The second video I watched on Puremix. And again it makes my life so much easier. Thanks Fab!!
2019 Jan 13
2019 Jan 09
Amazing Lesson
Edouard Philippe
2018 Jul 26
that video is best!!! the "base level part of the track" is what all other compression videos and many other courses lack. Knowing what part of the vocal or a track I should not compress make life so much easier for me. trust me, PureMix purify my compression skill. Great Job Fab and Thanks a lot.
2018 Jan 15
I really want you to know that watching these videos have done something special, and is that you have not only learnt me to listen, but more importantly to feel the music and go by feel And having to learn to feel, I know understand exactly what to do when compressing vocals, etc same with choosing vocal takes, I no longer look for the perfect pitch and timed comp, but instead feel for the one that triggers my emotion I used to always follow rules, and when mixing drums, I always was careful with the drums, and peaks etc, so my mixes were pretty flat, but now, I crave a dynamics
2017 Nov 29
Very clear the way Fab explains how each parameter affects a musical quality of the tone.
2017 Mar 31
Thank you Fab !!
2017 Mar 26
Thank U for this, Fab! Wish there are more tutorials about Jazz recording and mixing.
2016 Dec 08
Very well explained!
2016 Jun 19
hi Fab what's your views on tracking vocals with room sound v tracking very dead sounding vocals pro's & cons
2014 Oct 13
Muy bueno el video me abre la mente a mas posibilidades en como ver las cosas.
Fabulous Fab
2014 Jul 04
@soundgroove : not if you are looking for a very contained sound on a very dynamic recording.
2014 Jul 03
Thanks for this! But isn't 2ms Attack still to fast?
2014 May 28
Thanks for that breakdown. Truly appreciated!
2014 Mar 18
Todo muy claro.¡Genial!
2013 Nov 28
Love how you explained the different components of a compressor and what each stands for. And also love the fact you used the compressor that came with the DAW. That way we don't tend to get carried away about the gear but focus more on the concept behind the gear. Thanks.
2013 Sep 25
Salut Fab! J'écris en français, ça sera plus simple pour nous! ;) Tu parles du LA-2A qui est parfait pour la voix, j'en conviens! Ne penses-tu pas que c'est du au fait qu'à l'origine, c'était un compresseur d'antenne (pour la diffusion radio)? ( source: Comme en radio, on s'occupe beaucoup, pour ne pas dire essentiellement, de la voix, il y aurait une logique à celà... Qu'en penses-tu? Pirouss - technicien RadioFrance
Becky Jo Benson
2012 Nov 07
Fab! You are so good about details and your videos are very easy to learn quickly because of the way that you talk about how it boils down to the FEELING of the recording that a person wants to get across. THANK YOU so much for being there for each of us out here who are learning how to listen! Hahahaha, and I really like your video on 'How To Listen'. Actually each of your videos have helped me so much to be aware of what to listen for. In one of your videos you said that if we can't hear the difference, listen to it over and over again until we can---good call! Becky Jo Benson
2012 Oct 28
Please ... do not saw the Rhodes !
2012 Jul 14
Server not found: rtmpt:// WHATS HAPPEN WITH THE VIDEO?
2012 May 28
I bought the how to hear and eq after those i had to subscribe I love these videos
2012 Feb 12
I got the Eq Vocals Video, Loved it. and you mentioned Compression. That brought me here. I though I had the Comp on Vocals down. I was doing good but this video has lots of tidbits and ways to think about it and do it that really helps Thanks!!!
2012 Feb 10
When you say, "We do more in the dedicated compression videos", which videos are you alluding to? Have they been released or were you referring to to-be released videos like the 2 stage compression one? Great video by the way. I learned a lot.
Adrian Tello
2011 Dec 11
Really nice tutorial. I’m waiting for a 2 stage compression tutorial too.
2011 Nov 11
Nice sound!! Very clean.
2011 Nov 01
nice tutorial, thanks and what about the knee? how this feature can be useful?