New York-style compression - a form of parallel compression - is a term that you may have heard of when learning about the processes of mixing and mastering. But what does it actually involve and why is it seemingly so popular? In this short video from the course AudioPedia 108: Mixing And Mastering, New York-based producer Joe Albano answers both these questions!
Unlike conventional audio processing where a signal is passed through an effect and out the other side, parallel compression takes a different approach. In this case, compression is applied to a copy of the signal, and a variable amount of the compressed signal is mixed back in with the original. The reason you might want to do this is because it allows you to achieve a heavily compressed, punchy effect but without the risk of losing the percussive impacts of the original signal that heavy compression would otherwise cause. It can be done using more complex mixer setups, or sometimes entirely within a single plug-in, as Joe shows you. Be sure to check out the full course for a complete guide to the fundamental concepts of mixing and mastering.