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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression & Dynamics

MODULE 1:
Compressor controls 1
Threshold, ratio, gain make-up, gain reduction meter. Practical assignment project in the operation of these controls.
MODULE 2:
Compressor controls 2
Attack, release, knee. Practical assignment project in the operation of these controls.
MODULE 3:
Compression problems
Breathing and pumping. Practical assignment project in breathing and pumping.
MODULE 4:
Stereo linking
The stereo image. Why the components of the stereo image should not move. Why compression can cause an unsteady stereo i mage. Examples of an unsteady stereo image. Practical assignment project in stereo linking.
MODULE 5:
Expansion & gating
The problem of noise. Why compression always raises the level of noise. Practical assignment project in gating and expansion.
MODULE 6:
Side chain
Setting up the side chain. Filtering the side chain. Controlling the dynamics of one track according to the dynamics of a different track. Typical uses of the side chain. Practical assignment project in the use of the side chain.
MODULE 7:
Mid-side (MS) compression
Introduction to mid-side compression. Practical assignment project in mid-side compression.
MODULE 8:
Transient shaping
Shaping the attack phase. Enhancing the post-attack phase. Shaping the decay phase. Controlling and manipulating levels.
MODULE 9:
Gating effects
Setting up the external key input. Triggering the gate with an external key. Shaping a continuous sound source into a rhthym.
MODULE 10:
Dynamic range control
Simple compression. Look-ahead limiting. Parallel compression. Automation as an alternative to compression.
MODULE 11:
Warmth in compression
Examples of vacuum tube emulating compressors. Examples of hardware compressors. Practical assignment project in warmth in compression.
MODULE 12:
Parallel compression
Setting up parallel compression. Typical settings for parallel compression. Comparison between uncompressed and parallel compressed signals. Detailed comparison of peaks and low levels.

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression

This course covers all of the processes of compression, limiting and dynamic processing that are in regular use in recording studio operations. The twelve modules cover the basic controls and functions of the compressor, stereo linking, side chain operation including de-essing, transient shaping and control, operation in conjunction with noise gates and expanders. Applications of compression include dynamic range control, enhancement of individual instruments and voices, and compression and limiting of a completed mix.

The course is entirely practical and is focused on the learner's practical assignment work. Text and graphic support materials are provided as appropriate, and the course includes audio example files demonstrating compression techniques.

The outcome of the course will be an enhanced level of knowledge, skills and experience in compression techniques.

Flexible Learning
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression online or by downloading all of the course materials to your own computer. The course can be completed in 12 weeks, or you can spread it out over up to one full year if you wish. (All course materials can be printed, saved or downloaded to keep permanently.) You can work on the course at any time you choose, and take breaks whenever you like.

Instruction
Each of the twelve modules of this course includes a practical assignment project that you can work on in your own home recording studio using digital audio workstation software. The assignments include tasks that are typical of a professional recording environment. The challenges are tough, but full instruction is given, often with audio examples and demonstrations.

Course content

Course introduction
Module structure Knowledge
Notes on file format Knowledge
Foundation content
Introduction to compression Knowledge
Connecting the compressor Knowledge
The basic action of the compressor Knowledge
Compression ratio Knowledge
Gain reduction Knowledge
Setting the threshold control Knowledge
Fixed-threshold compressors Knowledge
Setting the gain make-up Knowledge
Setting the release control Knowledge
Setting the attack control Knowledge
The stereo link button Knowledge
Noise and the compressor Knowledge
Breathing and pumping Knowledge
Side chain Knowledge
De-essing Knowledge
Artistic considerations Knowledge
Methods of compression Knowledge
Diode bridge Knowledge
Variable-mu vacuum tube Knowledge
FET Knowledge
Optical Knowledge
VCA Knowledge
Digital Knowledge
Check questions Quiz
Model answers to check questions Quiz
Audio examples
Female vocal Audio examples
Male vocal Audio examples
Additional female and male vocals Audio examples
Bass guitar Audio examples
Acoustic guitar Audio examples
Electric guitar Audio examples
Kick drum Audio examples
Full drum set Audio examples
Full mix Audio examples
Module 1: Compressor controls 1
Module introduction Knowledge
Threshold Knowledge
Ratio Knowledge
Gain make-up Knowledge
Gain reduction meter Knowledge
Practical assignment project on compressor controls (1) Practical assignment project
Module 2: Compressor controls 2
Module introduction Knowledge
Attack Knowledge
Release Knowledge
Knee Knowledge
Practical assignment project on compressor controls (2) Practical assignment project
Module 3: Compression problems
Module introduction Knowledge
Breathing Practical assignment project
Pumping Practical assignment project
Module 4: Stereo linking
Module introduction Knowledge
The stereo image Knowledge
That the components of the stereo image should not move Knowledge
Why compression can cause an unsteady stereo image Knowledge
Examples of an unsteady stereo image Audio examples
Practical assignment project in stereo linking Practical assignment project
Module 5: Expansion and gating
Module introduction Knowledge
The problem of noise Knowledge
Practical assignment in gating Practical assignment project
Practical assignment in expansion Practical assignment project
Module 6: Side chain
Module introduction Knowledge
Setting up the side chain Practical assignment project
Filtering the side chain Practical assignment project
Controlling the dynamics of one track according to the dynamics of a different track Practical assignment project
Typical uses of the side chain Practical assignment project
Module 7 Mid-Side (MS) compression
Module introduction Knowledge
Practical assignment project on MS compression Practical assignment project
Module 8: Transient shaping
Module introduction Knowledge
Shaping the attack phase Practical assignment project
Enhancing the post-attack phase Practical assignment project
Shaping the decay phase Practical assignment project
Controlling and manipulating levels Practical assignment project
Module 9: Gating effects
Module introduction Knowledge
Setting up the external key input Practical assignment project
Triggering the gate with an external key Practical assignment project
Shaping a continuous sound source into a rhythm Practical assignment project
Module 10: Dynamic range control
Module introduction Knowledge
Simple compression Practical assignment project
Look-ahead limiting Practical assignment project
Parallel compression Practical assignment project
Automation as an alternative to compression Practical assignment project
Module 11: Warmth in compression
Examples of vacuum tube emulating compressors Audio examples
Examples of hardware compressors Audio examples
Practical assignment project on warmth in compression Practical assignment project
Module 12: Parallel compression
Module introduction Knowledge
Setup for parallel compression Practical assignment project
Compression settings Practical assignment project
Comparison between uncompressed and parallel compressed signals Practical assignment project
Detailed comparison of peaks and low levels Practical assignment project

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