How to… compress electronic music in mixes
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.