The 1176 is a FET compressor that’s been a key component in hit after hit for the last 50 years. You might use it on drums and vocals already, but are you getting the most out of it? If you’re […]
Parallel compression, also known as “New York compression,” is a powerful technique used by audio engineers to add depth and impact to their mixes. With parallel compression, a duplicate copy of the original audio signal is heavily compressed, often using
Do you know that full, round, and groovy drum sound that you hear in professionally produced records? Well, you’re about to learn how to get it (or at least get close enough). Truth be told, mixing drums is complicated, and
Empirical Labs’ first success story came to be when their founder, Dave Derr, inspired by some of the most legendary compressors, such as the 1176 and the LA-2A, combined everything he liked about them creating the Distressor. Distressor is one
Mixing guitars is hard. When compressing guitars, there are a lot of things that you need to think about to figure out how to approach it without obliterating the performance. Because this is a particularly complicated subject, we’ll talk about
We’ve talked a lot about the different compressor types and plugins, going from optical compressors to FET compressors, and now a very undermentioned but still pretty important, the diode bridge compressors. Diode Bridge compressors are the most colourful, they’re vastly
The Teletronix LA-2A is an all-time classic program-dependent optical compressor originally released by Teletronix in the ’60s. The patented technology went from Teletronix to Babcock Engineering and was finally purchased by the son of Universal Audio founder, Bill Putnam jr.