Power Compression Course Launch Page

Power Compression Course


  1. Begin by clicking on the Class 1 link and watch the video lessons.
  2. Continue with Class 2 video lessons.
  3. Proceed this way through the entire course.

 The Program

Each of the 12 Classes itemized below includes up to 3 hours of detailed information and audio demonstration. The lessons will be divided up into individual videos as listed below.

Class 1: Dynamics Processing Primer

This class sets the foundational principles for dynamics processing and how to get started on the right foot. Understanding inner workings of dynamics processors, how to hear them  and when to apply them it is critical to your success. Even more critical is learning how to select the best tool and approach of the job.

  1. Defining Dynamics Processing
  2. History of Dynamics Processing
  3. 4 Types of Dynamics Processors
  4. The Parameters of Dynamics Processors
  5. Dynamics and the 3D Sound Field

Class 2: Compression and Expansion Basics

Dynamics can be broken down to 2 basic working methods, Compression and Expansion. The way those 2 forms of processing are manipulated and applied creates an astounding range of control for the engineer. This lesson breaks down the way these 2 forms of dynamics processing can be applied in 4 basic ways.

  1. The Practical Application of Dynamics
  2. Downward Compression
  3. Downward Expansion
  4. Upward Compression
  5. Upward Expansion

Class 3: Compression Techniques Part 1: Functional Compression

This class covers the foundational compression techniques that are used for the majority of your compression work. These techniques focus on the basic dynamic needs of almost every mix and are the starting point for almost all of your other mixing work.

  1. Leveling Performances
  2. Groove (Tempo) Based Compression
  3. Compression and Front-Back Positioning
  4. Peak and RMS Compression
  5. Compression for Focus and Presence

Class 4: Compression Techniques Part 2: Compression Enhancements

After the functional compression is applied, it is often necessary to breathe more life into you mix by using exaggerated forms of compression. Sometimes called “hype”, these techniques add excitement and intensity. When all the excitement in place, a good  finishing compression will help to focus the detail of your mixing work.

  1. Layering Compression
  2. Pump and Breathe Compression
  3. Parallel Compression
  4. Mix Stem Compression
  5. Mix Buss Compression

Class 5: Classic Vintage Compressors

There are certain pieces of classic vintage gear that have resonated well beyond their time. These pieces have been part of the signature sound of so many great records that they are still highly sought after and emulated in both hardware and plugin form. This class teaches you how to effectively use some of the most popular vintage compressors that should be part of every good plugin collection.

  1. The 4 Types of Vintage Compressors
  2. Vari Mu: Fairchild 660 & 670
  3. Optical: Teletronix LA2A & LA4A
  4. FET: Urie 1176
  5. VCA: TG12345, dbx 160

Class 6: Classic Console Compressors

Many of the great classic compressors in recording history were created as part of a larger audio console design. Because of the modular design of many components from the mid 60’s on, they eventually ended up in racks and sold as external gear. This class teaches you how to use some of the most notable classic console compressors in recording history.

  1. EMI TG12345
  2. PYE Compressor
  3. Neve 2254
  4. API 525
  5. SSL E Compressor
  6. SSL G Compressor
  7. SSL J & K Compressors
  8. Neve 88RS Compressor
  9. API Vision Compressor

Class 7: Modern Classic Compressors

The rapid growth of recording studio technology in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s led to some amazing outboard compressors that are worth more than just a listen. This lesson covers some of the most popular pieces that were a major players in most high end recording studios.

  1. TubeTech CL1A
  2. Summit TLA-100A
  3. Manley Vari-Mu
  4. Neve 33609
  5. API 2500
  6. Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

Class 8: Compression Techniques for Drums

This class focusses on specific dynamics processing techniques used for drums. Because of the nature of acoustic drums and the bleed between mics, certain techniques are necessary to prevent the individual elements from sounding disconnected. Programmed  Drums, Loops and Percussion allows individual elements to be approached independently, but there are very important considerations covered here that preserve the relationship and groove.

  1. Compression & Gating Basics
  2. Natural Compression Techniques
  3. Dry Aggressive Compression
  4. Big Rock Room Compression
  5. Vintage Vibe Compression
  6. Compressing Electronic Drums

Class 9: Compression Techniques for Bass, Guitar and Keys

Every Instrument offers different challenges and the best approach to compression involves good analysis of the individual sound and the role it plays in a mix. Basses require a solid low end that images well. Guitars need to maintain a focussed mid range area. Acoustic Piano and keyboards cover a broad range of frequencies that require careful consideration.

  1. Compressing Basses
  2. Compressing Acoustic Guitars
  3. Compressing Electric Guitars
  4. Compressing Acoustic Piano
  5. Compressing Vintage Keyboards
  6. Compressing Programmed Synths

Class 10: Compression Techniques for Vocals

Lead vocals may be the most challenging of all to compress because of the human ear’s heightened sensitivity to the intricate details that make each voice unique. Vocals can also present many technical issues such as sibilance and plosives. This class focusses on compressing the human voice to heighten it’s sense of importance in a mix.

  1. The Vocal Processing Chain
  2. Compressing Lead Vocals – Natural
  3. Compressing Lead Vocals – Aggressive
  4. De-Ess, De-Breath, De-Plosive, De-Harsh, De-Box
  5. Compressing Background Vocals

Class 11: Keyed Side-Chain Compression Techniques

This class focusses on triggered dynamics processing from external sources. These techniques range from musical to technical and require a sensitive ear to set properly. Keyed dynamics is perhaps the most misunderstood form of processing unless you have a solid understanding of what they are designed to do.

  1. Keyed Dynamics Side-Chain Signal Flow
  2. Keyed Dynamics for Bass
  3. Keyed Dynamics for Drums
  4. Keyed Dynamics for Instruments
  5. Keyed Dynamics for Vocals
  6. Keyed Dynamics for Reverb and Effects

Class 12: MultiBand Dynamics Processing Techniques

MultiBand dynamics processing blows the doors off the realm of possibilities with the ability to apply processing within band limited areas. Commonly called dynamic equalization, the realm of possibilities ranges from pristine mastering compression to a complete restructuring of a sound. All this extra flexibility also requires a bit more sensitivity to the original sound.

  1. MultiBand Compression Techniques
  2. MultiBand Limiting Techniques
  3. MultiBand Dynamic Equalization
  4. MultiBand Exciters
  5. MultiBand Dynamic Noise Reduction 

Bonus Class: Mix Buss, Mix Stem and Alternative Forms of Compression

I call this a Bonus Class because I don’t like Class 13, sounds unlucky. Anyhow, this class covers compression for Mix Stems and the Mix Buss. There are many classic Mix Buss compressors in the history of music and most are covered here in this lesson. this class also uncovers the power of Tape Compression and how Tube and Solid State saturation is also a form of compression. Finally, the PCC wraps up with a couple of Automation plugins that are unique Dynamic Processors.

  1. Mix Stem Compression
  2. Mix Buss Compression
  3. Analog tape Compression
  4. Tube and Solid State Compression
  5. Unique Dynamic Automation Tools