In this premium video tutorial, Julian Rodgers examines the common practice of using two different compressors on a single source with each doing something different and considers how much of an effect the order of these compressors has on the effect.
Fast Compressor Into Slow Compressor Or Slow Compressor Into Fast Compressor?
In his recent tutorial Dan Cooper demonstrated this technique using plug-in versions of an LA2A and an 1176. This is a typical example of this technique with the slow LA2A levelling the sustained portions of the sound and the much faster 1176 catching transients. There is more to this example than just the time performance of these two compressors as they are both very characterful and this has a significant effect on the results.
Using transparent plug-in compressors like Avid Pro Compressor and the Sonnox Oxford Dynamics Julian demonstrates an “ideal” example using a kick sample and using two plug-ins he processes the transient and the decay of the kick separately. By re-ordering the plug-ins we get to hear the effect processing order has on the results.
With a more real world example, Julian uses the vocals from Turquoise Blue by Rex Strother and two compressors set up in a similar way to the kick example to demonstrate the difference processing order has on a more complex sound.
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