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Audio Engineering: Basics of Compression

——   Created by Audio Czar

This course will teach you the basic compression skills you need to start using a compressor

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Using a compressor and understanding compression is one of the hardest things for entry audio engineers to grasp. With so many different compressors and compressors types its not hard to see why people struggle with compression. Compression is critical to getting good mixes in music today, and without a proper knowledge of compressors and how to use them your mixes can easily turn thin and lifeless. Compressors can add color to tracks, crush drums, smooth out vocals, and add weight to a bass. Compressors can add to an track, or it can take away. For example, with a compressor you add punch to a kick drum, you can take the punch away. It all depends on how you use it. And there are many, many ways to use a compressor. Using compression properly will help improve your mixes by keeping dynamics controlled. My Basics of Compression course will teach you everything you need to know to get started with compressors. Attack, release, threshold, ratio, I explain them all. I also will go over advanced controls such as the mix knob, knee, and side chain that you might see on some compressors. I also answer some frequently asked questioned about compression.

So if your just getting into engineering and you are struggling to understand compression this course is for you. My teaching method and analogies should give you confidence you need to use compressors.

For more on compression including compressor types, kinds, examples, uses, using classic compressors, and more please subscribe to my audio engineering: All About Compression course. By sharing some of my knowledge of 15 plus years in audio this course will teach you the following:

  • what is a compressor
  • how is compression used
  • controls on a compressor
  • how use the controls on a compressor
  • the difference between compressors and limiters
  • analogy for understanding compression
  • examples of how compression controls work


  • no software is required
  • A DAW with a compressor plugin is highly recommended
  • Having a DAW with a compressor plugin will allow you to practice everything I'm teaching in this course
  • If you are using a mac than a DAW named garageband comes free on all macs
  • If you want to use the DAW I'm using it is called Presonus Studio one. The free version does not come with a compressor but a free demo version of the version that does come with a compressor (artist and up) is available to be downloaded.

14 Lessons

2 mins
free preview
2 mins
What Is a Compressor
free preview
2 mins
Dynamic Range
free preview
5 mins
Compressors vs Limiters
free preview
7 mins
Controls on the Compressor
4 mins
The Batter at the Plate Analogy
17 mins
How Attack and Release Affects the Singal
8 mins
How Threshold and Ratio affects the Signal
7 mins
Make Up Gain
10 mins
Setting a Compressor
15 mins
Compression FAQ Part 1
14 mins
Compression FAQ Part 2
2 mins
2 mins

About the instructor

Audio Czar
Audio Czar
  • 8 courses

Czar was born in Nashville, but got his musical roots while being raised in Memphis. He worked for a few studios in Memphis as well …

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