Mixing Tips: Parallel Compression

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Mixing Tip: Parallel Compression

This video will show you how to use parallel compression on guitar and drums

Mixing tips are just that, tips… Try them out on your mixes and see if it works for you and the sounds you have going on.

Parallel compression is copying a signal or sending the signal to a group track, compressing that copied signal, then mixing the compressed signal back in with the original signal.  This will usually make the tone jump out a bit more or be slightly more forward without killing the dynamics of the original signal.

This, like most mixing tips is a subtle thing.  It will not change the sound night and day.  You want to start off with a very good sound already, then manipulate it subtly to get it to the professional sounding level.

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