ADSR Sounds has released the Compression Masterclass, a video tutorial course on the fundamentals of compression.
Perhaps one of music production’s most challenging tools, the compressor is notoriously confusing for even the most experienced producer. This complete video course uses practical examples to show you both the corrective and creative power of the compressor and gives you professional insights you can start using today.
If you’re serious about sound design and music production, then compression is a critical skill to master. Broken into 5 key modules, The Compression Masterclass is the essential resource on compression for electronic music producers.
The course is available for purchase for $24.99 USD.
More information: ADSR Sounds / Compression Masterclass
Producertech has launched Complete Guide to Compression, a video tutorial course by Rob Jones.
Much used but rarely fully understood, compression is an incredible tool utilised by audio professionals in every field. These detailed lessons, taught by Course Director, professional producer and Music and Sound Recording graduate Rob Jones, will take you from a basic to a thorough understanding of this powerful effect. With visual and aural demonstrations, accompanied by a clear and informative commentary, by the end of the course you will have a thorough grasp of how single band and multiband compression functions and how to apply it to individual and groups of drums, vocals and the master buss.
The course starts by giving you a basic understanding of the parameters found on every compressor, including examples of their effects on dynamics and frequency, demonstrating how different settings can alter the sound both positively and negatively. Students learn how to use a compressor both as a precision tool and as a creative device, with specific examples and aural and visual demonstrations, to help get the most out of a mix.
The course is available immediately after purchase and is accessible 24/7/365, with help on hand from tutors on the Producertech forum when required. Accompanying the video lectures are the Live projects made throughout and detailed written notes explaining all of the concepts and techniques taught on the course.
The course is available for purchase for £12.95 GBP.
More information: Producertech / Complete Guide to Compression
Mixnotes.tv has announced it has released several new premium tutorials on its website this week. New video lessons covering all things “Melodyne” related as well as another over all things “Compression”.
Mixnotes.tv premium tutorials
- Understanding Melodyne: Using Melodyne or any pitch correction software is a must need skill for any producer working in a DAW now days. In this video we show you how to use it like a pro to enhance and save a performance transparently. It’s all about learning how to use Melodyne in a musical way. We go over pitch correction, pitch drift, pitch modulation, amplitude and many other helpful tricks.
- Understanding Compression: In this premium tutorial we discuss the fundamentals of compression. We listen to examples featuring drums, vocals, guitar and go over how to use compression to shape sounds in a musical way. We cover the common controls you’ll see on most modern DAW compressors. We take a look at stock compressors and even some boutique ones you’ll find from our friends over at Waves and Slatedigital. Plugins used: Pro Tools stock compressor / limiter, Waves: R-Comp, CLA76, CLA2A, Slatedigital Virtual Tape Machine.
The new premium tutorials are now available to purchase for $17 USD each.
More information: Mixnotes.tv
Sonnox has announced the release of the Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, a plug-in designed for the real-time auditioning, encoding and decoding of audio signals using Fraunhofer codecs.
In the past it has not been possible to critically audition and then encode multiple formats in real time within a host DAW environment. The revolutionary Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec now makes this possible, and includes extensive monitoring tools and built-in encoding/decoding features.
Using this plug-in mix engineers may produce mixes optimised towards specific target codecs, thereby ensuring maximum fidelity. Similarly, Mastering engineers may audition in the final format and produce compensated masters for final encoding and distribution.
Fraunhofer Pro-Codec features
- Supported Codecs:
- mp3, mp3 Surround, AAC-LC, HE-AAC, and HE-AAC v2.
- mp3-HD and HD-AAC (Lossless Codecs).
- Ability to select up to five codecs for simultaneous export, in real time, to encoded files.
- Comprehensive auditioning with glitchless switching.
- Ability to audition the difference between input signal and codec output.
- AB auditioning in real time between codecs, or between codec and input signal.
- ABX mode for blind statistical testing.
- Graphical displays include:
- High resolution display of the Input signal and Diff signal.
- Indication of the audibility of audio removed by the encoding process.
- Bitstream levels and ability to compensate for overloads.
- Indication of filesize or datastream compression.
- Phase metering.
- Off-line encoding and decoding.
- Compatible with many digital audio workstation applications, such as:
- Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia and Wavelab. (Mac and PC).
The Fraunhofer Pro-Codec for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for £295 GBP / $495 USD.
More information: Sonnox Ofxord / Fraunhofer Pro-Codec
Elysia has released the xpressor 500, an extremely versatile stereo compressor available in API’s 500 series format.
Its discrete audio path running in constant class-A mode provides a superior audio quality which combines a clear and open sound with a good lot of punch. With its many unique features taken from our flagship products, the xpressor 500 shines in many different applications: stereo buss compression, processing single signals, approaching dynamics in creative ways …
xpressor 500 features
- Discrete Class-A Topology — As a true elysia specialty, the audio path of the xpressor 500 is completely based on discrete circuitry and does not use any integrated circuits at all.
- Auto Fast — Inspired by its big brothers: the switchable semi automation for a perfect attack on the basis of the value set by the user.
- Log Release — This alternative characteristic of the release curve follows a logarithmic course instead of the standard linear progress and results in a very gentle kind of compression.
- Negative Ratios — The characteristic curve bends and goes back down! Heavy pumping, backward sounds, etc. – perfect for very cool compression effects.
- Parallel Compression — Available directly on the unit: the direct and the compressed signal can be blended in any desired relation by simply turning the mix controller.
- Sidechain Filter — A tunable low cut filter in the sidechain of the xpressor 500 avoids overcompression and pumping when there is a lot of low end energy in the mix.
- Gain Reduction Limiter — This novel limiter is not placed in the audio path as usually, but restricts the control voltage of the compressor instead.
- Warm Mode — The xpressor 500 offers a second switchable sound flavor by altering its frequency spectrum, harmonics and transient response.
- Analog Dynamic LED Meter — The gain reduction meter modulates its LEDs in their brightness in order to show the action of the compressor in an analog way: fast and with smooth transitions.
- Made in Germany — High grade components, solid aluminum knobs.
The xpressor 500 is now available to purchase for for $975 USD / 649 EUR (excl. VAT).
More information: Elysia / xpressor 500
Samplecraze has announced the release of Compression iApps, a collection of audio compression tutorials for iPhone. There are few subjects more confusing than compression. It’s one thing understanding what the various controls do in theory, … read more
Samplecraze has announced the release of the Audio Compression Video Tutorials, a series of audio production tutorials. There are already many Samplecraze students around the world improving their audio skills via 1-2-1 Tuition, but now … read more
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Samplecraze has announced the release of Square Wave Drums, a collection of 200 kick samples, 200 snare samples and 150 clap samples. In view of all the over-compressed drum samples available in the marketplace we … read more
Cytomic has released released public beta version 1.0.13 of The Glue, an analog modelled bus compressor plug-in for Windows and Mac. Changes since The Glue v1.0.11 Fixed Random crashes on exit. Added back all io … read more
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