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What Is Compression In music? (Compression explained)

Beginners to mixing music often ask, what is compression in music?

 

It can be a hard concept to grasp when you’re first starting out so, in this video, I wanted to explain what compressors do in music by taking a step back and explaining the concept of compression and why we use it and then show a few basic examples on vocals, snare and kick drum.

 

This video is not so much about compressor settings but more about the mindset and concept of compression explained.

Compression Explained

It’s a tricky technique to grasp and can take a long time to master but by understanding what a compressor does to music, how it controls the dynamics and changes the tone, then we can apply it with more understanding and creativity.

 

Explaining compression is easy on the face of it, it’s a simple piece of equipment but understanding how we can use it in a musical way takes a little more practice.

 

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How To Use An Equalizer

beginner eq mixing Dec 29, 2019

Learning how to use an equalizer is a fundamental part of learning how to mix.

EQ (short for equalization) is one of the main tools you will use on a daily basis to craft sounds and fix sonic problems within the frequency spectrum in order to produce a mix that has a balanced frequency response and sounds like the records you hear on the radio or streaming platforms.

The good news is that despite all the geeky terminology around EQ, they are easy to use and to learn and in this blog post, I want to give you the very basics of an EQ plugin, describe the parameters that you’ll see on almost every EQ plugin and then the basic way to use EQ, so you can start using one and start crafting better mixes today.

Frequency Spectrum

Every sound sits within the frequency range of human hearing which is between 20Hz and 20kHz.

Every instrument has a fundamental frequency but also has higher overtones and harmonics that give its character or timbre.

Using EQ, we can change this character...

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