Most of my compression tutorials focus on recognizing what compression can sound like in your mix. Because, if you can’t imagine what properly applied compression will sound like before you reach for the compressor’s controls, you’re working in the dark and your results will be, at best, hit and miss. That said, you do of course need to understand the common controls found on most compressors: Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Release.

Nick from PrimeLoops does a great job of explaining these four basic controls and their relationships to one another. I discovered Nick’s tutorials as a video response to my How to Use EQ Like a Pro video tutorial. His video tutorials are promotion for Primeloops, a company that sells royalty free loops and samples. They’ve got some good sounds on their Web site. And, some of Nick’s other tutorials look quite good as well. Definitely worth checking out.

Just one thing to mention about Nick’s Compression tutorial, it looks like he’s using an old version of Reason because his demonstration is done using the Comp-01 device. The information is still relevant, because the controls are universal on most compressors, but, if you use Reason, use the MClass Compressor device rather than the Comp-01. The MClass Compressor is a much better compressor in terms of sound and controls.

    Thanx that’s a great compression tutorial. This is a concise guide so everything Nick is doing can be applied on any compressor, I totally agree with you the M-Class would be a good choice than the Comp-01, and I also run a music production blog please check it out and your comments are much appreciated.

    Thank you for this fantastic information because finding relevant sites on this topic is sometimes hard to find. You did an excellent job covering the subject and I look forward to more posts from your site. Do you offer RSS Feeds or feedburner to get more content for our blogs? I will be sure to include links from my other blogs to yours.

    Great find on the compression tutorial. I like how the tutorial on compression that covered not only how to use the controls but the examples (pumping and glue). Good find.

    Nice article, I find compresion is good to avoid peaking the volume levels. Especial if you have kick and bass attacks at the same time.

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