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dpaterson
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Parallel Compression

Postby dpaterson » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:40 am

Hello all.

For those looking for a richer, fuller, rounder sound with presence then take a look at the following article and give it a bash:

https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/parallel-compression

I've gotten some amazing results so far (although still experimenting and learning of course). In my first attempt I used a limiter as opposed to a compressor (noted as an option in the article) and I added three compressed (limited) tracks to the master track (they go up to seven in that article which, I did try, but it was "too much") (for me anyway) (you can get to a point, well I did anyway, where you're defeating the object of the exercise in beefing up the "core" of your audio while leaving the transients etc. intact). Again: it's one of those things that you don't miss if you never had it but once you've heard it on a track it's hard to go back to the original (thin???) version.

Note that the idea came from watching those "Mix With The Masters" videos (details on another thread above).

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Dale.

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Re: Parallel Compression

Postby Acoustica Greg » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:51 am

Here's a graphic I did a long time ago:

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Re: Parallel Compression

Postby Mark Bliss » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:00 am

Another quick tip:
Some of these modern digital plug-in compressor thingies have a wet/dry blend function.

Have fun! 8)
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Re: Parallel Compression

Postby dpaterson » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:26 am

Thanks for that Greg.

Some of these modern digital plug-in compressor thingies have a wet/dry blend function.

Too easy!!! LOL!!!

On a serious note though: that doesn't give you much control though does i.e. how to you know what coming out of the wet signal (or are we just going by sound and hearing here???)???

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Re: Parallel Compression

Postby Mark Bliss » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:33 am

Personally, in either the send bus method Greg refers to, or using the blend method I mentioned, I would likely set the compressors settings while monitoring the "full wet" result, then set the blend to taste by ear.
The two methods function the same, only one sets the blend via the send knob, the other via a wet/dry blend setting within the plug-in.
I would say its a personal preference/workflow kind of thing. A lot of people use it in more "aggressive" musical styles. Very common in modern "rock" drum mixing in my observation.
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