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Review: Arturia 3 Compressors You’ll Actually Use
With its latest compressors, Arturia has come up with excellent recreations of some true classics. Joe Albano found they really were mix tools that he would actually use...
May. 21, 2019
How To Tame Difficult Vocal Recordings
Even vocals that have been performed well can sometimes struggle to sit in a mix. Joe Albano shows you some of his pro tips for coping in these situations.
Mar. 7, 2019
Multiband Compression: What It Is & Why It’s Useful
Multiband compression can be one of the lesser-understood types of processing but used correctly, it's one of the most powerful ways to control a mix. Joe Albano explains how and when to use it.
Jan. 23, 2019
How To Set Up Sidechain Compression In FL Studio 20
Sidechain compression is quick and easy to set up in FL Studio 20. Here's how you can use it to get that classic pumping effect for basses and pads.
Dec. 7, 2018
Understanding Logic Pro's Compressors And Their Common Features
Although Logic Pro comes with 7 different compressor models they share some common tools and features. Joe Albano explains how to recognise them and speed up your workflow.
Oct. 20, 2018
Softube Summer 2018 Collection Includes New Mixing And Mastering Plugins
These new tools for mixing, mastering and de-essing aim to bring a splash of colour to your productions and they're available at a special price for a limited time.
May. 16, 2018
This Ableton Live Buss Compression Trick Gives Your Drums Instant Punch
Buss compression is a vital technique used to pull your mix together for a radio-ready sound. Here, Olav Basoski shows you how to tighten up your beats in Ableton Live 10.
Feb. 22, 2018
Review: Universal Audio Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
UAD's recreation of a classic Distressor from Empirical Labs is officially endorsed by the makers of the original hardware. Rich Tozzoli finds there's much to like in the EL8.
Jan. 3, 2018
Review: Black Rooster Audio VLA-3A
Compression is a core part of any mixer's toolbox but sometimes you need to go that extra mile. Sara Simms checks out the Black Rooster Audio VLA-3A.
Mar. 1, 2017
Review: Black Rooster Audio VLA-2A Compressor
A power-efficient, great sounding and cool-looking compressor plugin that is also affordable sounds too good to be true, but Sara Simms knows the truth about the VLA-2A compressor...
Feb. 21, 2017
Tutorial + Download: Multiband Mid/Side Compressor Mastering Rack For Ableton Live
So you want a free Ableton Live rack that features a multiband mid/side compressor ideal for mastering? You're in the right place. Here's how to use it, build it... and you can download it for free!
Oct. 6, 2016
7 Excellent Hardware Compressors
Without further ado here's seven of our favorite high-end, analog, hardware compressors. This list includes vintage models and some units that are out of production.
Sep. 17, 2016
Review: Empirical Labs Arousor Compressor Plugin
Following on from their hardware compressor, Distressor, some 20 years ago, Empirical Labs have released a great, smooth sounding compressor plug-in with some clever features in Arouser.
Jun. 29, 2016
Production Tips: What’s The Correct Order For Effect Processing Plug-Ins?
It’s a question that never goes away, “what’s the correct order for effect processors in a channel strip?” While it often depends, there are reasons for suggesting an order. This video explains all.
Jun. 11, 2016
Producer Tips: Why Relying On Compression Presets Is A Bad Idea
Software compressors comes with a range of presets designed to be useful. But perhaps presets are more dangerous than they are helpful? Watch Joe Albano explain why you shouldn't rely on presets!
Jan. 19, 2016
Positive Grid Pro Series Studio Plug-Ins, With Revolutionary Compression Profiling
Positive Grid tell us the Pro Series offers 3 revolutionary profiling and component based compressors: FET, Tube, and Optical. It combines their DSP engineering and component level modeling expertise.
Jan. 14, 2016
6 Mistakes To Avoid When Mixing With Compression
The compressor is perhaps the most used of the dynamics (and other categories of) plug-in types when mixing and producing music for corrective & creative processing. Here's 6 mistakes to avoid.
Dec. 10, 2015
G-Sonique DTC-1, Ultra Transparent VCA Bus & Track Compressor
G-Sonique's new compressor plugin. Does the world need another one?? Well, the DTC-1 focuses on being ultra transparent and miming any coloration/distortion. We'd love to have audio demos.
Oct. 26, 2015
Waves Audio eMo D5 Dynamics Plugin: 5-in-1 Multi-Dynamics with Parallel Detection
Waves tell us the eMo D5 is not just one dynamics plug-in... it's essentially a 5-in-1 dynamics processors with DeEsser, pre/post compressor routing, zero latency and much more. Check out the video...
Sep. 11, 2015
Audio Compressor Plugin Comparisons: Do You Really Need More Than One?
Do you really need lots of software compressors? Jay Asher provides audio examples along with his years of experience to investigate whether hardware emulating compressors are really all that unique.
Aug. 23, 2015
Music Production Techniques, Part 6: Compression
Dynamics are a hugely important part of the mixing process. If you've just started mixing your own projects or have not had any formal training, dynamics processing seem mysterious. Time to demystify!
Aug. 10, 2015
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