What Is A Variable-Mu (Tube) Compressor & How Does It Work?
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What Is A Variable-Mu (Tube) Compressor & How Does It Work?

The variable-mu (tube) compressor or “delta-mu compressor” is one of the most common types of hardware compressor (or plugin emulation) on the market and should be understood on our way to audio mastery. What is a variable-mu compressor? A variable-mu (variable gain) compressor is an analog compressor centred around a vacuum tube. As the input signal…

What Is A Diode Bridge Compressor & How Does It Work?
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What Is A Diode Bridge Compressor & How Does It Work?

The diode bridge compressor type is a lesser-known type of compressor but is worth knowing about when studying audio production and the tools of the trade. What is a diode bridge compressor? A diode bridge compressor is an analog compressor that utilizes pairs of diodes in a balanced bridge configuration to apply variable attenuation (compression) to…

What Is Multiband Compression & How Do MB Compressors Work?
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What Is Multiband Compression & How Do MB Compressors Work?

Multiband compression is a powerful audio processing tool that can truly improve your mixing when understood and used correctly. What is multiband compression? Multiband dynamic range compression is a type of processing that splits the frequency spectrum of the input signal into different bands and compresses (reduces the dynamic range) of each band by its own…

Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Lookahead Control?
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Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Lookahead Control?

If you’ve read my other articles on dynamic range compression, you’ll know how important the process is in audio production. In addition to the typical threshold, ratio, attack and release time and makeup gain parameters, a compressor may very well benefit from a lookahead feature. What is compressor lookahead? Lookahead is a control that allows a…

Dynamic Range Compression: Attack & Release Controls
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Dynamic Range Compression: Attack & Release Controls

Dynamic range compression is easily one of the most-used essential audio effects/processes. The attack and release parameters of compressors aren’t always the first to be mentioned, yet they are critical to the compressor’s performance. What is the attack time of a compressor? The attack time is the amount of time it takes for a compressor to…

Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Makeup Gain Control?
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Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Makeup Gain Control?

Dynamic range compression is one of the most widely used and important effects/processes in audio production. The makeup gain controls within compressors help us to A/B the compression with great accuracy to make better mixing decisions. What is the makeup gain of a compressor? The makeup gain of a compressor is the gain applied to the…

Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Ratio Control?
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Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Ratio Control?

Dynamic range compression is one of the most utilized and important audio effects/processes in existence. The ratio control of a compressor is a key parameter in determining how the compressor will process audio signals. What is the ratio of a compressor? The ratio of a compressor defines the ratio of input signal amplitude above the set…

Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Threshold Control?
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Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Threshold Control?

Dynamic range compression is easily one of the most important audio effects/processes. The threshold control of a compressor is a key parameter in how the compressor will process audio signals. What is the threshold of a compressor? The threshold of a compressor is a set amplitude limit that dictates when the compressor will engage and disengage….

The Complete Guide To Audio Compression & Compressors
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The Complete Guide To Audio Compression & Compressors

Dynamic range compression (known simply as “compression”) is one of the most important tools when it comes to audio mixing. By compressing the dynamic range, we can effectively “glue” a mix together; add weight to audio signals; increase the sustain of musical notes, and much more. What is dynamic range compression? Dynamic range compression is…