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 Knee Control?

Dynamic Range Compression: What Is The Knee Control?

Dynamic range compression is a popular and important effect/process in audio production. The knee control/parameter of a compressor will affect how the compressor responds to audio signals and is worth understanding. What is the knee of a compressor? The knee of a compressor refers to the transition point around the compressor’s threshold where the output becomes…

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….

Audio Shelving EQ: What Are Low Shelf & High Shelf Filters?
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Audio Shelving EQ: What Are Low Shelf & High Shelf Filters?

From dedicated audio equalizers to tone controls on stereos and instruments, shelving EQ filters are commonplace components in both analog and digital audio devices. What is a low shelf filter in audio? A low shelf filter is a filter that either boosts (increases amplitude) or cuts (decreases amplitude) frequencies below a certain cutoff frequency down to…

Audio EQ: What Is A Band-Stop Filter & How Do BSFs Work?
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Audio EQ: What Is A Band-Stop Filter & How Do BSFs Work?

When studying and practicing music production or audio engineering, you will likely come across band-stop filters. Band-stop filters are powerful tools that are used in equalization and in general audio design. What is a band-stop filter in audio? A band-stop filter (aka a notch filter or band-reject filter) works by removing frequencies in a specified band…

Audio EQ: What Is A Band-Pass Filter & How Do BPFs Work?
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Audio EQ: What Is A Band-Pass Filter & How Do BPFs Work?

When studying and practicing music production or audio engineering, you will certainly come across band-pass filters. Band-pass filters are powerful tools that are used in equalization and in general audio design. What is a band-pass filter in audio? A band-pass filter “passes” a band of frequencies (a defined range above a low cutoff and below a…

Audio EQ: What Is A High-Pass Filter & How Do HPFs Work?
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Audio EQ: What Is A High-Pass Filter & How Do HPFs Work?

When studying and practicing music production or audio engineering, you will definitely come across high-pass filters. High-pass filters are powerful tools that are used in equalization and in general audio design. What is a high-pass filter? A high-pass filter (HPF) “passes” the high-frequencies above their cutoff frequency while progressively attenuating frequencies below the cut-off frequency. In…