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- Jan 14th, 2011
Learn all about compression from the company that practically invented the compressor: Universal Audio!
In this tutorial Universal Audio compression expert David Crane takes you on an extensive tour of UA’s vast line of virtual compressors. You’ll learn about the 1176LN, Teletronix LA Series, DBX 160, Fairchild, Fatso, UAD Mastering and Channel SSL 4000, Neve® and the amazing Precision line of emulated compressors.
Through an engaging 2-hours of tutorial-videos, David takes you on a journey through UA's “hardware-based” history and then explains how Universal Audio’s new emulation plug-ins are designed to reproduce their hardware ancestor’s classic sound while simultaneously adding enhanced functionality. This tutorial is filled with before-and-after audio excerpts that enable you to listen to how these incredible compressors are optimized for use on drums, bass, guitar, piano, vocals and on the mix bus.
Universal Audio is one of those iconic companies whose innovations in the recording industry span almost 60 years. Their unparalleled hardware compressor designs created by their sister company UREI, including the ubiquitous LA-2A, LA3-A, LA-4, 1176, are products that transformed the sound of recorded music.
Even if you don’t own any of these UA compressors you will learn compression techniques that you’ll be able to apply to any compression plugin-ins you own.
So join David Crane on this incredible exploration of compression with the amazing UA compressors, and discover how compressors are (without a doubt) one of the most important tools to "master" in an audio producer’s toolbox.
- Universal Audio: UA: All About Compression
- Universal Audio 201: Learn The Mix Console
- Universal Audio 203: UA Classic Compressors
For a full list of the topics covered, see the Tutorial Outline
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Good show-case of Universal Audio compressors, only downfall is that most of these comprssors' have been updated now!
Even if, like me, you're not a UAD user, this really is a great course to understand the many different ways to compress your music and apply them to your own compressors. Excellent!
exelent course, full of details, highly recommended, for those looking to take your production to the next level, now going for more!
Covers a bunch of UA Compressors - and there is stuff in here that is useful to know about compressors even if you aren't using the UA versions.
Good tutorial overall! Ran through all of the compressors and gave a little background on their analog counterparts. A little bit repetitive towards the end there though.
There's some talk about this course being an infomercial, and I get that. But I also gleaned a lot of insight into watching how to use compression properly with a host of different instruments.
i found some elements of this course quite helpful but mostly i found it interesting seeing how different compressors work and the differences in controls.
I thought this course was informative. Really broke down compression pretty easily. You can use these techniques on any compressor. Minus one star for the fast pop up windows. Had to pause to read.
If you work with UAD compressors, Like I Do, You will enjoy this course. Nice, clean informations about all best UAD models. But it is not course about compression it self.
Good overview course, they walk you through each compressor so you get a feel for its sound. Only critique is to have more a/bing of the compressors without talking so you can hear differences better
this tutorial is exactly what i needed. I am used to using the original pieces of gear and am now transitioning to using its plug in counterparts. Love it!
Fab tutorial, i have all the UA plug ins. How about more UA tutorials ie EQ,s
I agree with Lung. This tutorial would better be named "UA's Compressors - An Overview" or something along those lines. It's not an in-depth look at how compression works and it doesn't provide an analysis of the sound examples of each compressor. It's more of a narrated manual of the different compressors UA offers: In this compressor, this knob does this and that knob does that. Here is how this sounds. Here is how this sounds if we turn the knob while it's playing. Here is how it sounds on drums, here how it sounds on vocals. If you're looking for this type of video, this tutorial is great. --- I would have liked more knowledge that I can apply to my own projects - and to other compressors. Many compressors of other manufacturers are modeled after an LA-2A. So why only tell what UA's knobs do and why not explain what's special about it and when to use it? The tutorial could ask the "why" question more often. Why is an opto compressor good for this kind material, how can I train my ear listening to it and judge if this is the right type of compressor? What knob do I have to adjust to get better results from my audio? --- These questions are often left unanswered. The title for me implicated that I get generic knowledge about compression by showing it on UA products. It's a nice listing of UA's compressors, but the know-how cannot really be transferred to other usa cases. The narration, however, is excellent! Very interesting, kept me interested. David is a good tutor.
Absolutely Brilliant! Well explained, not too much or too little, and some good examples of the actual pieces used being put through their paces.
The title UA: All About Compression is a bit of a misnomer, as it is neither a detailed study of compression as an artistic process nor is it an in depth review of the history of these devices. Rather, it would be more aptly named, UA: Compressors. It's a bit redundant at times and some of the source materials that were being compressed where re-purposed (they can be heard on UA's own DVD). Once you get over those minor technicalities, it's fairly good. It manages to successfully cover UA's extensive compressor catalog, very well. What it sets out to accomplish, it does. The points are well illustrated and audible. I'd recommend this video for anyone who uses compressors, which would be most of us, even if you do not own a UAD card.
Great introduction to UA compressors. Would be wonderful to have similar tutorials for other brands as well. And perhaps also for reverb, eq etc.
This is excellent for anyone wishing to to gain a knowledge of compression. Although it is aimed at those who own a UAD product you aren't forced to own on to get a good idea about how to use compression. I have a Liquid Mix which has convolutions of many of the compressors emulated by UAD and have found the tutorials on each compressor very informative. I'm sure that this will improve my mixes.
Great tutorial! I actually don't own any of the UA compressors and I still learned some very useful information regarding compressors (even after having used them for years!). Great examples, and even more importantly, it's great to finally HEAR these comps in action and how differently they each can shape the same sound source! Loved it!
Pretty good video. I have almost all the UA compressor plugins mentioned so it's directly applicable. Very clearly explained. Most parameters on each unit were explained. it would have been simply outstanding if all the compressors were demoed on the same sources, and the number of sources was increased to include Bass, drums, ac / el gtr, piano and vocal - especially classic combos like Fairchild on Vocals. all in all a very good investment.
An excellent introduction to compression, limiting and expansion using UAD's plugins. I found the tutorials to be entertaining, clear and concise. They certainly give you confidence in choosing and using compressors for various audio situations.
nice ones !