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    Compression: What Do All Those Knobs Do?

    How To Make Compressors Do What You Want

    Dynamics processing is a core mixing technique, but it’s often misunderstood. We explain how to make a compressor do what you want it to!

    Techniques . Nov 2021
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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    Dynamics: Back To Basics

    Leader

    When it comes to dynamics processing, we’ve never had it so good. Once upon a time, even the largest studios had only basic...

    People Nov 2021
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    Rockruepel Sidechain.one

    Rockruepel Sidechain.one

    Sidechain filtering made easy!

    Innovative compressor features low- and high-pass key signal filtering.

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    API Select

    API launch new Select brand

    Valve & solid-state devices unveiled

    API Select range comprises valve compressor and preamp, solid-state compressor and EQ, and two guitar pedals.

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    McDSP Royal Mu & Royal Q

    NAMM 2021: Two new APB processors from McDSP

    Royal Mu & Royal Q will be free to registered owners

    Royal Mu compressor and Royal Q equaliser join the APB module line-up.

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    Gainlab Audio Dictator

    Gainlab Audio launch with two studio racks

    Compressor and EQ unveiled

    Hungarian startup company unveil valve compressor and EQ.

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    Rupert Neve Designs MBC

    Rupert Neve Designs announce MBC

    Stereo conversion, limiting and saturation in a 1U rack

    The newest rack from the RND stable combines stereo A-D conversion, limiting and saturation processing.

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    How And When To Use Multiband Compression

    Mix Processing Benefits

    Multiband compressors offer unique advantages over their broadband cousins — but they also present some perilous pitfalls for the unwary.

    Techniques Aug 2020
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    Adrian Bushby Drum Tracking snare drum

    Three Ways To Compress Snare - Mike Senior | Podcast

    Expert Tracking & Mixing Tips

    Compression can do radically different things to the sound of a snare drum, depending on how it's set up. In this episode, Mike Senior explores three ways in which a compressor can help bring your snare tracks to life.

    Techniques Jun 2020
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    Rupert Neve Designs release 500-series diode bridge compressor

    535 is based on Shelford Channel dynamics circuit

    The 535 Diode Bridge Compressor module is based on the dynamics circuit found in the Shelford Channel, the channel strip RND released last year that was itself something of a Neve greatest hits collection.

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    Q. Is a compressor’s Hold control different from its Release?

    I thought I had a handle on this, but seem to have a hard time understanding the difference between a compressor’s ‘Hold’ and its ‘Release’. Can you help explain?

    Sound Advice Mar 2017
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    Q. How does a compressor work?

    Could you explain (slowly!) the basic principles of how a compressor works, and what each control does, the ratio control in particular?

    Sound Advice Mar 2004
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    Q. What does a compressor's sidechain do?

    I have a compressor with inserts to access the side-chain. What is the side-chain and what would you use these inserts for?

    Sound Advice Jan 2004
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    Q. Can I flatten out my finished tracks using a hardware compressor?

    In my hardware-based setup, with my TC electronics Triple*C compressor, is it possible to do the kind of limiting on a full mix where you end up with a waveform that is levelled off at the top and bottom, 'brick wall'-style?

    Sound Advice Dec 2003
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    Using Your DAW's Compressors & Limiters

    Software Dynamics Masterclass

    All of the main MIDI + Audio sequencers now have a bewildering array of compression and limiting plug-ins built in, but many home musicians are unclear about what all those controls and options do. And with so many varieties of each plug-in available, which one should you choose for the job in hand?

    Techniques Mar 2003
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    Advanced Compression Techniques: Part 2

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White further explores the secrets of successful compression, and explains how to use advanced techniques for mastering your mixes.

    Techniques Jan 2001
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    Advanced Compression Techniques: Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White looks at different gain-control elements and their effect on audio.

    Techniques Dec 2000
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