Power Compression Course

Power Compression Course

The Power Compression Course is the most comprehensive study of the art of dynamics processing in the mixing of music anywhere. This 12 week course focusses solely on dynamics processing techniques and includes practical applications and demonstrations every step of the way. In this course you will learn the secrets of dynamics processing used by top professionals in the music industry. This includes my own personal 30 year history studying the art of mixing with over 30 gold and platinum records and well over 100 million in sales.

Compression, Expansion, Gating, Ducking, MultiBand, Side-Chain Keying, De-Ess, De-Breath, De-Box, De-Plosive, De-harsh, Vintage Compression, Classic Console Compression, Instrument Specific Dynamics, Parallel Dynamics, Tape Compression, Dynamic EQ, and much more is covered with practical step by step explanations and demonstrations. If there is any form of dynamics processing you do not see listed here, contact me using the form at the bottom of this page and I will make sure it is included in this course.

If you want to master the art of dynamics processing, this course will provide you with all the essential information you need to set you in the right direction. Purchasing this course will also provide you with direct email access to me for questions if you are unable to attend the live classes. All classes are recorded and posted the same day as shown on the schedule below.

The Power Compression Course Includes:

  • 12 Classes plus a Bonus class (2-3 hours for each class)
  • Each class offers hours of dynamics processing demonstrations.
  • 1 Year Access to all Class Videos
  • Direct Email access to me for any course related questions

 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. Parallel Compression
  2. Pump and Breathe Compression Effects
  3. Layering 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 TLA100A
  3. Manley Vari-Mu
  4. Neve 33609
  5. API 2500
  6. Shadow Hills Compressor

Class 8: Compression Techniques for Drums and Percussion

This class focusses on specific dynamics processing techniques used for drums and percussion. Because of the nature of acoustic drums and the bleed between mics, certain techniques are necessary to prevent the individual elements from sounding disconnected. Approaching Programmed  Drums, Loops and Percussion is also a focus of this lesson.

  1. Gating Techniques for Drums
  2. Compressing Kicks
  3. Compressing Snares
  4. Compressing Toms
  5. Compressing Hats, Overheads and Rooms
  6. Compressing Programmed Drums and Loops
  7. Compressing Percussion

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: Compressing 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. Compressing Lead Vocals
  2. Compressing Doubles and Harmony Parts
  3. Compressing Background Vocals
  4. Compressing Vocal Groups
  5. De-Ess, De-Breath, De-Plosive, De-Harsh, De-Box

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 Bass Compression
  2. Keyed Drum Compression
  3. Keyed Instrument Dynamics
  4. Keyed Reverb and Effects
  5. Ducking Techniques for Effects
  6. Ducking Techniques for Vocals

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: Other Forms of Dynamic Processing

Mono compatibility be damned, this bonus class is specifically designed to feature new emerging technologies for 3D monitoring and effects processing. In this class I will feature some old 3D effect tricks as well as some new ones you will want to know about. If you are interested in the emerging effects technologies for audio, video and gaming, this class is one you will not want to miss.

  1. Analog Tape Compression
  2. Tube Saturation Based Compression
  3. Solid State Saturation Based Compression
  4. Speaker Drive Compression
  5. Unique Dynamic Automation Tools 

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Purchase the Power Compression Course

$147 for 1 year access

Purchasing the Power Compression Course will give you access to all 12 classes and any additional course materials. You will also have direct email access to me for any course specific questions.

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