In this pureMix.net Exclusive, Fab Dupont returns to the How To Listen Series. This time, It’s the Compression Edition.
Compressors are one of the most valuable tools we have as engineers. Offering us the ability to control dynamics and shape the tone and behavior of the source material.
But can you really hear what your compressor is doing?
Over the course of this 40-minute tutorial, Fab will show you how to:
Listen to dynamics not only as levels but as frequency changes
Send elements further back or forward in your mixes to increase depth
Add consistency to drum performances
Identify the behavioral differences between famous compressors.
After teaching you how to hear the differences, Fab will give you a quiz, where you will have to identify the difference between 4 popular compressors on Bass Drums, helping you to add the sonic signature of multiple compressor settings and styles to your sonic memory.
Learn techniques and approaches to compressing vocals, drums, and one of the most overused applications for compressors, 2-Bus Compression; from Fab Dupont.
Reveal Quiz Answer
Compressor Order Answers:
1. DBX 160
4. Pro c2
FabFilter Pro C2
UAD 1176 Rev A
UAD 1176LN Rev E
UAD DBX 160
UAD SSL G Bus Compressor
UAD Teletronix LA-2A
Sergy •Sunday, July 9, 2023
Great lesson! For the life of me I can't hear the difference between the first and second bass drum hits... everything else i hear very clearly!
Cordeiro •Monday, June 19, 2023
Awesome!!!! What teaching is this??? Fantastic, speechless!!!
Camundongo •Thursday, April 27, 2023
vanaeken •Thursday, April 20, 2023
firstname.lastname@example.org •Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Not sure if its just me, but the audio goes out of sync after the vocal compressor goes into bypass
Fetch2017 •Friday, October 7, 2022
When Fab says that the attack is wide open, does he mean really fast or really slow attack time?
Brian Hunker •Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Wow. Excellent class. The musical examples were amazing & especially helpful. I can now definitely hear the tonal difference that the compressors were making on the kick. Such an important level of detail. Thank you Fab!
Jozeph •Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Thank you for opening my ears
kemccarthy1 •Thursday, August 5, 2021
Once your ears become attuned to the differences it's like tasting different flavors and types of ice cream and gelato. Great class, thanks!
minh.l •Wednesday, February 24, 2021
This lesson was super helpful!
eduguitar •Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Incredible lessons from Fab! Thank for your art!!
jaycarlinmusic •Sunday, December 27, 2020
Great Video, Fab. Thank you. Would love to see more quizzes like in this video -- it really helps some of us focus that knowledge and build some confidence.
I recently took an Art of Mixing course at Berklee, and the course materials do this often; 8-10 recordings with all sorts of different EQ's and compressors, even Reverb types, and saying "which one is this?"
It would be really, really cool to add this to your "Ear training" section of this website. "Here's a drum set with an 1176, and now with and LA2A, which is which?" "Here's a plate reverb, a chamber, and algorithmic hall."
DannyOwl •Saturday, December 19, 2020
Unbelievably amazing...thank you!
watchmaker •Friday, December 4, 2020
What do you mean by the "metrosexual setting" on the Oxford? I didn't really understand that.