Power of the DAWside: Compression Basics

Compressors are one of the most utilized pieces of gear/plugins in audio engineering. So how can we use that to make our songs sound better? 

I really like Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution's way of talking about compressors. He says that their basically a "smart volume fader" and that's exactly right. It's actually really simple, which is confusing for such a widely-used tool, at least for me when I was starting out. 

Today's video takes a look at the stock Logic Pro X compressor and how to get started, check it out:


 

You can use a compressor to get a variety of different effects, however, all you're really doing to the sound is chopping off the loudest parts and adding makeup gain. 

The simplicity of it all can be deceiving. But the more you use it, the better you will get. As with everything. 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments! 

Cheers, 

Avi 

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