Confused about compression and dynamics? Ready to master all of its techniques and tricks? Start here...
The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression & Dynamics - Full online course with assessments of your practical assignment work leading to an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion.
- The problem: There are a number of different types of compressor, all with many controls to master. Simply 'playing' with the controls doesn't get you anywhere useful.
- The solution: A twelve-module course that will show, explain and demonstrate how compressors work, and how you can use them to advantage on vocals, instruments, and complete mixes.
- Your achievement: An understanding, both broad and detailed, of how to get the best from your compressors, with relevance to both hardware and software.
Gain great skills with great training
- Twelve-module online course
- Audio examples in every modules, all downloadable to keep permanently
- 12 practical assignment projects
- Assessment of your practical assignment projects
- Tutor support
- Student advice team
- Complete in 12 weeks or spread your course out over up to one full year or longer.
- Study when and where you like
- Available worldwide (we have students in more than 120 countries)
- Your Audio Masterclass online Student ID (you can use this to seek discounts on software and equipment)
- Earn an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion of your course
- 30-day full-refund, no-quibble guarantee
Twelve modules - everything you need in compression from start to finish
- Compressor controls - Threshold, ratio, gain make-up and the gain reduction meter
- Compressor controls 2 - Attack, release, knee
- Problems in compression
- Stereo linking
- Expansion and gating
- Side chain
- Mid-side (MS) compression
- Transient shaping
- Gating effects
- Dynamic range control
- Warmth in compression
- Parallel compression
- The complete learning materials and audio examples on compression and dynamics of the Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course
- Online access to the Course Code 9000 enhancement learning materials including audio and video recorded in Abbey Road Studios 2 and 3 (all downloadable)
- For current and former students of any other Audio Masterclass course, renewal of any and all of your courses for a further full year.
How you will learn in your course
The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression works by online distance learning. We have students in more than 120 countries all around the world. All you need to come on the course is a basic home studio setup and an internet connection, and of course a strong desire to produce recordings of fully professional quality in your own home studio.
With this course, you will learn all of the essential techniques of compression and dynamics as used in professional studios every day.
Tutorials and videos
Course instruction is through world-class online textbook materials, audio tutorials, and supplementary video materials where appropriate. We show you the important techniques of audio that professionals use every day, and you can use yourself in your own home studio. All of the course materials are available online, and also enhancement learning materials including videos shot at Abbey Road Studios 2 and 3. You can print, save or download all of your course materials as you wish to keep permanently.
In this professional course, most of the theoretical material and audio demonstrations are contained in an introductory Module 0. The further twelve modules of the course are orientated around practical assignments that you can carry out in your own home recording studio and send in to Audio Masterclass for our detailed and helpful assessments and comments.
Our tutorials and videos are supported by a wealth of audio examples, which are also downloadable. We recommend that you load these examples into your digital audio workstation so that you can listen to them in exactly the same way as when you're recording yourself.
Many of the audio examples will show you what you should aim to achieve. Others will show you how things can go wrong - and we'll show you clearly the difference between good audio and bad, and explain the reasons why.
The best way to learn audio is to *do* audio - recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering. And don't forget the importance of close, attentive listening. The more you do it, the better you'll get.
So the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression & Dynamics features a range of practical projects relating to the modules of the course. The practical projects will set you a task to complete, show you how to do it and point out what could go wrong. And when you have completed your project, you can compare your work with our examples - many of which are created by Audio Masterclass students.
We will listen to all of your practical project work. We will listen carefully, then send you a detailed report with grading of all of the factors that we look for in a successful project. We will also describe for you any faults that we hear, and advise you on how to correct them. You can resubmit assignments at any time so that you can move steadily closer to perfection.
Student advice team
All Audio Masterclass students have access to our Student Advice Team for the full duration of their enrollment. You can ask questions on any of the course topics and receive a personal response.
Because Audio Masterclass works by distance learning, you can learn entirely at your own pace. There is no set schedule and you can move quickly or slowly through the course as you wish and take breaks at any time.
Your Audio Masterclass enrollment will be valid for one full year. You can save, print or download all of your course materials to keep permanently.
Although no certificate can guarantee you a job in the audio or music industry, you will want something to commemorate your success on your Audio Masterclass course. On assessed courses, when you complete all of the practical work successfully, we will prepare your certificate and mail it to you anywhere in the world. There is no extra charge for this.
Our experience in audio education
Audio Masterclass has experience in audio education going back to 1986. We have been running online courses since 2001 which is longer than any other audio training provider on the web.
At Audio Masterclass we want to give you the fastest, most effective route towards a professional standard of work in your own home studio - a standard that is fully equal to professional studios and commercial releases.
We do this through effective, comprehensive instruction through tutorials and/or videos, audio examples, and practical projects that relate closely to real-world professional practice.
If you want to make fast progress, then Audio Masterclass is here to help.
What you will learn in your course
Module 01: Compressor controls 1
Module 02: Compressor controls 2
Module 03: Problems in compression
Module 04: Stereo linking
Module 05: Expansion and gating
Module 06: Side chain
Module 07: Mid-side (MS) compression
Module 08: Transient shaping
Module 09: Gating effects
Module 10: Dynamic range control
Module 11: Warmth in compression
Module 12: Parallel compression
What our students say about their Audio Masterclass course...
[Some elements of the comments below refer to other Audio Masterclass courses and modes of delivery.]
You did a great job!
Excellent material, audio and videos are really good and clear.
I appreciate the depth, very informative and useful. I increased my knowledge in the area I am so passionate about. I was able to implement a lot of new procedures in my own sound and musical projects.
My gratitude and best regards
Anton Strecky, Slovakia
With my employment in health service established years ago, music and recording is an essential withdrawal from professionalism to me, rather than a significant possibility to provide a supplement to earned income. But with growing interest and investment, achievement of professionally acceptable quality became a must. At that point studying at Audio Masterclass had only pros and no cons to me, and no equally accessible alternatives of world-class standards.
The book "How to set up a Pro Home Recording Studio" [by Audio Masterclass] and other information concerning hardware and software helped me to find "my way" in the jungle of possibilities, and it actually had a money saving effect.
Assessments of practical assignment projects were of especially great importance to me. It is easy for the beginner like me to have an illusion that the produced work is good, while actually it is not. Additional valuable information can be derived from individually provided comments too.
It is very comforting to have tons of audio examples at hand. Even after the course I use some of them as benchmarks of specific quality.
The most special experiences along the way of the course were moments of approaching the presumed limits of creative possibilities… stepping beyond… and finding that there is something more out there. And this kind of training may have implications that are not immediately obvious, but may prove to be of great importance in any intellectually demanding/competitive situation of life. All in all, I consider that to be my greatest gain achieved at Audio Masterclass.
Egidijus Nemanius, Lithuania
I was looking for an audio school online that could give me the information I was missing. I also needed someone to tell me "this is good, here you were wrong, you made such a mistake ...", in fact, I needed a guide! That's when I discovered Audio Masterclass.
Even though I was very interested in what was announced, I still had a great fear; I was afraid that the education provided would be purely theoretical. Several times, even for weeks, I went through the site of Audio Masterclass up and down and compared it with other schools of the same type.
Eventually Audio Masterclass won my membership because it seemed to me to be the most consistent. From the first lesson, I knew that I was not mistaken! Yes, there is a theoretical teaching but it’s really practical and very effective. The lessons are precise and free from the superfluous, what is taught is what is needed to be immediately effective.
After following the 12 modules proposed, I can affirm that I was able to deepen my theoretical and practical knowledge: 1. For example, I used the microphones by instinct or empirically, with more or less happiness. Now I know their characteristics, I know why and how to use different types of mics, how to place them, etc ... 2. In terms of acoustics, electro-acoustics and synthesis, I learned a lot. And you know what? I who was not at all good at maths, I had no trouble to assimilate what was taught because the explanations provided were really very clear. 3. Knowing one's work tool is very important.
I can assure you that the teaching of Audio Masterclass on compressors, EQ's, preamps is very valuable to me. Now I know how to deal with possible issues and also why devices sometimes react in such and such other ways. 4. Today, every time I handle an audio file, I have a thought for Audio Masterclass. I rely on what has been taught me both on a practical level and on the rigor, that must be exercised. I insist on this last point because do not deceive yourself, the correctors hear everything, even the smallest details and they do not let anything pass; Thanks to them!
Finally, if I have any advice to give to any student who wishes to make the best of the proposed teaching, it would be to act in 2 steps: a) For the theory, do not hesitate to read and reread the course several times, do the questionnaire, read the course again, repeat the questionnaire, etc. b) For practice, do not limit yourself to simply performing the proposed exercise. But once the corrector has evaluated the work, repeat the same exercise several times with other audio files, it is really the only way to master it. If I had a suggestion to say to at Audio Masterclass, it would be precisely not to be limited to one exercise per module but to give several before validating the level; I know that it is probably not possible to realize in practice ... This is my experience with Audio Masterclass.
You know what? Audio Masterclass has been a real game changer for me and if it was to redo, I would refer it without problem!
Georges Niacadié, France
Hi David [Gatis refers to David Mellor, Course Director of Audio Masterclass], I very happy that I signed-up for your course and that I've graduated it!
Actually, before I made my mind, I did a lot of research on web about your course, because at that time I just finished my studies at America Audio Insitute, but I felt like it's not enough for me to get on next level - as I wanted it so much. So I found Audio Masterclass. I found just one review on google, where somebody told that: "you won't get what you as an engineer really need etc, it lacks of deep dive in subject... this and that...." - I thought to myself: "well... maybe this guys is all wise or he is not opened for new experience and knowledge, or he was a bad student". So I decided to take a risk as I had no clue what is will look like.
The first thing that made most sense to me is practical assignment - that is "everything"! But in many other online-schools (like America Audio Insitute or Detroit Recording institute), it's the biggest defect of the program. If you can send your material for constructive feedback, it's the most valuable learning point!
Next thing: Every time I got feedback on task, at first I started learn it with your written feedback - that had greatest value to me. Another great thing is that by reading your feedback, you really get this feeling that somebody is listening to your work and paying attention to details.
About content: the structure of the course is very similar to many other courses but the difference in content is huge! And by this I also mean the language - how you explain things and details. This is very important to me as I'm not comming from english speaking country, but here it's easy to perceive the information. There are many great recording engineers out there, but not everyone has capability to teach others - but you can teach! (and I mean it, especially if I compare with my previous courses on America Audio Insitute Detroit Recording institute).
Other student audio examples: - very good in understanding what to do, and what to avoid! Sometimes if you have nothing to compare your work with, then you might think that "oh, yeah, great record!", but when you start to listen to others ...hmmm.... it become a challenge - it's like setting benchmark.
And yes, for me, as a small studio owner, has no huge budget or possibility to try out some top-end mics, the files with pre-amp and mic samples are awesome - now I have an idea how U87 sounds! : )
About improvements - actually I don't have anything to add to this, because from all this course I can feel that it's all made with professional attitude.
Overall - I've learned a lot, but most important to me is that by having many "aha" moments, I've developed completley different mindset when I start to think about recording, mixing and mastering - for me, it's the biggest achievement! ...and I want to learn more!
Ok, again, thanks for everything - I got the certificate - it's a very important milestone for me towards my GRAMMY! : )
P.S. I've already decided, to save some money and enroll to your professional courses within few month, so see you soon!
P.S.S. I've also attached my picture from my home studio.
All the best.
Gatis Pastars, Latvia
“I have to thank you and your team for helping me better understand the complex, and sometimes difficult to discover, secrets of audio engineering ! I'm very happy with my choice of enrolling in your captivating and well structured course !
Thank you and best wishes.”
Tudor Rogoz, Romania
This course is for you if...
- You listen to pro recordings and think to yourself, "Why don't mine sound like that?"
- You want to master all of the techniques of the recording studio
- You want to get the utmost out of your equipment and software
- You want to save money by realizing it's all down to your knowledge, skills and experience - you don't need more equipment or software
- You want to be sure that your production skills allow you to get the best from your musical creativity