Connecting Compressors In Parallel For Better Dynamic Control

Serial compression is a great technique for controlling the dynamics of any sound in your mix. Here, Alex Solano demonstrates the process in action.  

Universal Audio's software emulations of classic studio outboard gear are not only much-loved, they are also used across the industry from keen amateurs all the way up to heavyweight professional producers and studios. Thanks to the range of DSP-powered hardware interfaces the company makes, they are available even to those on a more modest budget. And why wouldn't you want to get the sound of legendary hardware in your tracks?

In this short video from the course Universal Audio 203: Classic Compressors, Alex Solano shows you how to set up the LA-2A compressors in series, demonstrating how connection in series (rather than parallel) causes them to behave in a specific way when processing the signal.

Universal Audio 203: Classic Compressors

By using serial connection of the compressors (or indeed any effects), the settings on those modules placed earlier in the series will affect the way the sound is recieved and processed by those later in the chain. This is a key part of understanding how to mix and Alex uses the example of a piano part to demonstrate the different ways you can use it to your advantage. Be sure to check out the rest of the videos in this course to get the complete guide to these powerful dynamics tools!

Watch the full course Universal Audio 203: Classic Compressors in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | Ask.Video

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


Great demo.

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