The Mystical Compressor (Part 2): Operation

Ok, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here’s the secret trick to operating a compressor flawlessly every time. Wait for it… Use. Your. Ears. That’s all; just use your ears. I have a friend and studio owner near Roanoke, VA named Jake Dempsey. He’s fond of the saying, “Ears before gear.” And he’s right. […]

What does a limiter do? How do I use it?

Our last blog was about basic compressor education (“The Mystical Compressor Part 1”). I thought that before I write Part 2 where I will give some advice on compressor operation, I should address limiting. The two are very closely related in function and controls. The applications, however, are very different. A limiter is essentially a […]

The Mystical Compressor (Part 1): Basics

Ah, the infamous compressor. Few things are more confusing to a new sound engineer than compression. The basic concept of compression is easy enough to understand. It’s the controls and proper operation that often baffles us. Understanding compression and how to use it is an essential skill for any mixing engineer. Mastering compression can make […]