How to… com­press elec­tronic mu­sic in mixes

Future Music - - FEATURE | MIXING FOR THE CLUB -

Pro­duc­ers of­ten get sucked into the mys­ti­cal uni­verse of com­pres­sion. Surely you should com­press in­di­vid­ual sounds, then your var­i­ous buses, then the master out­put? Well, if you’re mix­ing dy­namic vo­cal record­ings or an acous­tic drum kit, you may well need to… but the ready-made sam­ples and solid synth sig­nals we use in dance mu­sic are of­ten pretty dy­nam­i­cally re­stricted al­ready! If you do need to give a drum sam­ple more punch, con­sider us­ing a tran­sient shaper in­stead. To ‘glue’ dis­parate parts to­gether for mix co­he­sion, try tape sat­u­ra­tion or par­al­lel ex­cite­ment as an al­ter­na­tive to com­pres­sion.

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