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How to Master Compression in the Home Studio for Better Songs


Hey there,

Hope you’re having a good day so far.

I wanted to let you know that the Jedi Mentor of Mastering, Ian Shepherd, is at it again and he just came out with a brand new course about everything you need to know about compression and limiting when you’re mastering in the home studio.

Check out Home Mastering (And Limiting) right here.

You’ll learn how to achieve:

  • Punchy, dynamic masters
  • Professional, musical results
  • Competitive loudness
  • Cohesive, consistent balance between songs
  • “Glued together” sound
  • Optimal online playback levels

Plus: Free bonus if you buy through my link: 10 Ways to Use Compression Correctly

Compression MasterclassIf you get Ian’s course through my link and email me your receipt, I’ll send you my free video on the 10 ways you can use compression correctly in your mixes.

Here’s what you’ll get for free:

  • How to use all those buttons on your compressor
  • The very minor math that helps you understand the ratio better
  • The difference between a FET, VCA and Opto compression types (and how incredibly important it is to experiment with each style)
  • How to know the difference in compression styles between different compression emulations
  • How to use compression to smooth out dynamics (and how you can see it visually)
  • How to use the attack and release to create shape
  • How to use serial compression to squeeze dynamics without squashing the signal
  • How to use bus compression to glue your instruments together
  • How to use parallel compression for extra punch
  • How to use different compression types in series to achieve different goals
  • How to use multi-band compression to affect different frequency areas
  • How to use mix-buss compression to glue your mix together from the start
  • How the beginner’s mind helps you get more creative with compression

Don’t wait to learn how to make better compression decisions during the mastering phase. It’s incredibly important to make your mixes sound competitive against commercial mixes.

Check out Home Mastering Compression (and Limiting) here.

Here’s what you’ll learn in the five-video Home Mastering Compression (and Limiting) package:

Video 1 – Introduction

  • The different goals of compression in mastering
  • Ian’s philosophy of compression
  • How to hear compression
  • How loud should you master?

Video 2 – Limiting

  • Why limiting is crucial in mastering – and, why it’s part of a course about compression
  • How NOT to use a limiter and what to do instead
  • Inter-sample peaks (and do they matter?)

Video 3 – Single versus multi-band compression

  • What’s the point of multi-band compression ?
  • Ian’s surprising suggestion for choosing the settings in each band
  • The one key feature you need in a multi-band compressor

Video 4 – Compressor parameters in-depth

  • Discussion and demonstration of attack & release times, threshold other settings
  • How to stop going round in circles with compression settings
  • The importance of your monitoring level, and how to set it

Video 5 – Compressor parameters in-depth

  • When to NOT use compression – and how
  • Compression for classical and acoustic music
  • Compression and EQ
  • When to break the ‘rules’ – and why

If those topics sound interesting to you, head on over here and grab your course.

Remember to send me your receipt after you’ve purchased through my link to get your free bonus video.

Have a great rest of your week,
Björgvin


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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