The best professional mixing engineers are typically also the best professional lazy people. Instead of having to manually ride faders constantly engineers decades ago invented an automatic volume automation tool and called it a compressor.
In this tutorial, Fab Dupont explains the most essential controls on this powerful and often confusing studio staple.
Fab explains what each knob does and gives you easy-to-remember tips that will simplify the process of dialing in your own compressor settings.
Compressor controls covered:
Learn how to set your compressor to gently kiss the peaks or rudely slap around the input signal with Fab's detailed explanations and clear audio examples.
Compression has a signature sound to it - once you hear it and understand exactly what's going on you can truly be in control over the tone, level and speed of your tracks.
This video is part of our ultimate compression bundle. Check it out!
Conradfrom •Sunday, November 26, 2023
What with Compressor Controls Part 2????
gramonee •Saturday, December 19, 2020
You are the most funny teacher xD love it, ty
Ben-Price •Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Excellent video. I use it in all of my sound production classes, and the students love it.
I wish I could explain these things as well as Fab does!
JimBcRICH •Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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GERONIMAU •Saturday, January 11, 2020
Quel plaisir d'avoir un prof aussi drôle et clair à comprendre. Pourquoi tous mes profs au lycée n'étaient pas comme ça? Merci à vous professeur Fab
miguelcassina •Saturday, December 29, 2018
stuart.ch •Sunday, August 19, 2018
Once again! Proof that Fab is the best teacher on this site, he breaks down complex topics into easy to understand
MvM •Friday, June 16, 2017
By far the best tutorial on this topic I've seen so far!
erdincbashan •Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Isn't Fab a great teacher/mentor? Thank you monsieur!
Jonathanbminor •Thursday, January 19, 2017
Thank you Fab !! I truly appreciate the lesson !!!
soundspace2001 •Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Very funny und lively and well explainded - thx!
davidromero •Tuesday, November 22, 2016
I have a good understanding of compressor functions, but I watched this anyway. I've seen/read quite a few videos/articles about compressors and this is the best explanation
FacPhoto •Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Haha Fab, I love this video, it´s hilarious =) Thanks
drbeckel •Tuesday, April 28, 2015
For the French mathematicians:
Gain reduction in dB = OS - [OS x R] where R is the compression ratio 1/n and OS is overshoot in dB
GR = OS - [OS x 1/n] where n is the denominator in the compression ratio
If n = 1, then GR = OS - [OS x 1/1] = OS - [OS x 1] = OS - OS = 0, ie., no reduction.
If n gets so VERY big as to approach infinity, then the ratio 1/d becomes VERY small and approaches 0 and therefore
GR = OS - [OS x 0] = OS - 0 = OS, ie., 100% reduction in the overshoot which is what a limiter does.
bdunn315 •Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Fantastic video Fab. Even for those who have been using compressors for a while, it's great to back up for a moment and really get an understanding of what is going on...and you have done a marvelous job once again laying things out in a way that provokes methodical thought. Thank you. I've truly deepened by knowledge and changed the way I approach compressors.