Book 3 in the Zero To Hero Guide To Mixing In Ableton Live Mix series covers compression & dynamics.
This book aims to explain many commonly asked questions, such as “what is dynamic range”, “when should I use compression in a mix” and “how do I set up a compressor”.
In this book, we explain the fundamentals of compression as well as a simple ‘how to’ guide for everything there is to know about setting up compressors and when and how we should be using them in the mix.
Firstly we will explain a compressors anatomy & controls, as well as some widespread compression myth busting. The book will then go on to demonstrate how to set up a compressor right every time!
We will then teach you a guide on the standard compressor terminology and different types of compression such as VCA, FET, Opto and Vari-Mu.
During the mix balancing process, we will show you how you can use compressors to iron out any micro dynamics issues in your mix, as well as how to achieve a good static fader level for easier balancing later on in the mix down.
We then explain advanced compression, including how we can use compressors for saturation, colouration and tonal requirements and also how to implement parallel compression, multi-band compression, mix bus compression, side-chain compression, and dynamic compression. as well As an explanation of de-essing and limiters.