Compression is a process that manipulates the dynamic range of an audio signal to achieve more uniform and consistent sound by altering perceived volume. By understanding their use and how to manage compressors, your vocals will stand out from the surrounding instrumentation, your drums and percussion will appear to have a more sustain sound and give guitars a fuller sound. Since the type and amount of compression is dependent on the type of audio signal being processed, Jeff outlines how the various compressor controls affect the audio signal manipulation that is required. You will see and hear how different compressors affect various instruments and how to apply it to your music creation.
Chapter 1: Introduction (1 min)
Chapter 2: What They Do (7 min)
Theory of Operation
Chapter 3: How To Use Them (34 min)
Level Control, Peak Limiting, Increase Average Levels, Special Effects
At Mix down, Parallel Compression, Delay Compensation
Chapter 4: When To Use Them (7 min)
Controlling Excessive Dynamics, Compensating for Lackluster Sounds, Increasing Loudness Without Clipping, Creating Special Effect
Jeff Dykhouse has been actively involved in audio engineering for more than 20 years. He has been a user of computer-based recording systems from their inception. Jeff’s diverse career has earned him gold and platinum awards (RIAA). Many of Jeffs endeavors have been within the Praise & Worship genre, where he has worked with top artists such as Paul Baloche, Crystal Lewis, Kevin Prosch and The Violet Burning. Additional clients include corporations such as RCA, Apple Computer, NBC and Charles Schwab. Jeff owns and operates a recording facility and systems design company in Temecula, CA.