Questions regarding Analog vs Digital Compression

My favorite Recording and Mixing Gear - Analog Compressors

Hi Stephen, I am a third year music tech uni student. I was wondering if you prefer to use analogue hardware compression or a digital plug-in? Do you think that digital is taking over in studios when it comes to

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My Favorite Recording and Mixing Gear – Hardware

My favorite Recording and Mixing Gear - Analog Compressors

For recording & mixing, I love my analog compressors! There is just something about high quality, real hardware analog compressors, that just seem to make my job so much easier!  I have nothing against software plugins, and I have a

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Drum Mixing Breakdown Video

Breakdown of the mix of Ben Smith’s drums The drummer for Heart, Ben Smith, helped me out with some drum tracks for one of the songs I co-wrote with Coreena, “If You Wanna”.  We tracked the drums at the famous

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Less is More – Bigger sounds through simplification

Less is More! Bigger Sounds through Simplification

Want bigger & fuller sounding songs?  Less is More! The biggest problem I encounter with inexperienced artists, producers, and engineers these days is that there is too much of everything.  Too many parts in the song arrangements.  Too many tracks

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Compression and frequencies

Question: does compression affect different frequencies differently?  More specifically: if a compressor set at the same settings for attack and release were used to attenuate a 100 Hz signal and then a 5000 Hz signal, would the frequencies react differently

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Question regarding compression

Just a quick question regarding compression – in the DAW environment, is it better to use “more” compressors on a track or fewer compressors ” but work them harder? Theoretically, in the DAW world, you could have “unlimited” compressors on

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Parallel vs serial compression

I’m wondering if someone could explain what serial compression and parallel compression is, and the advantages of each and when one would be used vs the other. Serial compression is when the compressor is inserted in the signal chain and

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Use of compressor on early records

I greatly appreciate this site. It is such a treat to be able to speak to experienced and knowledgeable mixers. Question: I know technology in the recording field has come far in the last 40 years, but compressors were around

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What’s a Leveling Amp ????

What’s a Leveling Amp ???? It’s basically a compressor/limiter.  Here’s a link to the modern remake of the most famous and sought after leveling amp, the Teletronix LA-2A. http://www.uaudio.com/hardware/compressors/la-2a.html We had a couple of these in the big studio I

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Side Chain

Lately I have been playing with compressors and gates. My church just picked up a Presonus ACP88 and I noticed it has side chains for both the compressor and the gate. I have read and seen examples on how to

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