The Ultimate Guide To Compression

Recommended Level - Intermediate / Advanced

Learn how to use compression like a professional, taught by a professional mixing engineer of over 30 years! Master advanced compression techniques and drive your mixes to the next level.

  • 22 Video Lessons (4 Hours)


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Learn to mix with compression with step by step guidance from a Professional Mixing Engineer.

Learn how to use a compressor as a sculpting tool and not just for dynamics

Discover different types of Limiting throughout the mixing process and when to use them

Learn about the 4 main designs of compressor - FET, Opto, Vari-Mu and Solid State

Get to grips with multi-band compression and sidechaining.

Learn everything you need to know in 3 different Modules - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

Total course length 4 Hours - 22 Lessons of Pro Compression Skills

Course Modules

Module 1 - Beginner (8 Video Lessons)

After a short intro you'll learn exactly what Compression is. Your tutor Eddie explains this by going over what a compressor does, how it works and how to use it. Moving on you'll learn about multi-band compression which is compressing certain frequency bands and not others (as opposed to compressing the whole signal). A very handy mixing skill! Eddie then explains Limiting and the differences between that and normal compression. You'll learn about the different types of Limiting and when to use them. And finally in the last few video lessons in this first module, you get to see our pro in action where he shows you how to compress a driving EDM beat, how to apply transparent and parallel compression to a Hip Hop beat and how to compress a rap vocal. This information is coming to you from a pro mixing engineer of over 30 years - thank God for the internet right?  

Module 2 - Intermediate (11 Video Lessons)

So moving this up a notch, in Module 2 Eddie goes into detail about all the different types of compressor and when you would use each type. This section comes with audio examples of the before and after processed files. He also explains the 4 different types of compression (upward, downward compression and upward, downward expansion) so you now have a really good feel for a compressor and what it can be used for. Moving on further, Eddie teaches you about sidechain compression and how to pump, swell or duck a beat and when this can be useful in your mixes. Just before the final section, you'll learn about transparent limiting for pre mastering your mixes as well as dynamic and feedback compression techniques.

In the final part of this intermediate module your tutor Eddie gives a detailed look at how he compresses the infamous Roland 808 and 909 drums.

Module 3 - Advanced (3 Video Lessons)

So after the first two modules you're all experts on compression right? Well then, Let's move the level up one more gear and onto the advanced module! Here you'll learn about Negative Limiting. What is it, how does it work, how and when to use it? All these things are covered by Eddie in an easy to understand way. In the 2nd lesson, you'll learn exactly when and why to sidechain upward and downward expansion. Yet another technique of the professionals that most people have never heard of. The 3rd lesson covers a great technique on how to clear up and separate your kick and snares from your melody by sidechaining the mid and sides.

This course on compression really does cover all the bases and then some so you'll be able to mix your own tracks with complete confidence.

FREE lessons from the course


Watch Lesson 5

Producer Skills - Compression

Transparent Brickwall Limiting: 

Here your tutor Eddie guides you how to brickwall limit an energetic EDM beat but without colouring the sound - in other words keeping the process and finished sound transparent and clean.


Watch Lesson 9

Producer Skills - Compression

The 4 Modes Of Compression Explained: 

In this free lesson you will learn about the 4 main types of compression. And you were thinking there is only one right? Eddie explains the differences between downward & upward compession and downward & upward expansion.


Watch Lesson 10

Producer Skills - Compression

Compressor Designs & Features: 

In the final free lesson your tutor Eddie Bazil takes you through the 4 main compressor designs ; FET, Opto, Vari-Mu and VCA and of course the behavioural differences between them all.


Recommended Level - Intermediate/advanced

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"Very subtle changes can all add up to a highly polished track. I learnt so much. Thank you!"


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Eddie’s professional musical career started during his teens, when he became a programmer for some of the most notable Electro/New Wave and Dance/Rap bands of the time, including AON, DJ Shadow, Juice, Pet Shop Boys, Spandau Ballet, C Campbell, Bobin, Paul Dee, Jets Orchestra, DJ Krush and many more. His career and experience progressed as he became a popular remixer and producer, working on projects with Busta Rhymes, SFP, Bobin, Dee, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Sleeveless, Greensleeves, 9 Bar and Gam Productions, with many of his tracks achieving top chart positions. He is currently involved in various production, remixing and sound-design projects, as well as sharing his knowledge by teaching workshops and providing online tuition through Samplecraze. Eddie has also been a contributing writer for Sound on Sound, and has published several books on audio technology.

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