How to Hear Compression

Level: advanced

A compressor is often described as a device that reduces dynamic range by making loud sounds quieter, but its artistic potential goes beyond this generic definition. To truly master this tool, it’s important to understand how a compressor can shape transients and emphasize or smooth out certain sound nuances. By hearing and recognizing these effects, you can unlock the full potential of a compressor in your mix.


This technique is used:

Genres: all

Instruments: all

Stages of production: mixing