Learn Compression & Dynamics Processing: The Complete Guide

This course will teach you everything you need to know about compression and dynamics processors. We’ll take you from basic to advanced understanding.

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About this course

Compressors are the most mysterious of all studio processors, and yet they are one of the most important in today's music production. Whether you're into recording, mixing, mastering, live sound, broadcast, or podcasts you need to know how to use compressors. In this class you'll learn everything about using compressors. We'll take you from basic understanding of compression through the subtle differences between the most popular compressors.

Learning these differences and knowing where to apply them can take an OK recording/mix and make it a great recording/mix. We'll teach you a fool proof system to set up any compressor on any instrument – it's all about setting up the controls in the correct order, knowing what's possible and using your ears. We'll also show you tried and true compressor/instrument combinations to get genre specific sounds. Because compressors are the most complex and abundant studio dynamics processors, that's where we'll spend most of our time. But because there are many ways to control dynamics, you'll also learn how to use expanders, gates and limiters.


In this class you'll learn…

Basic compressor controls. Advanced compressor controls. Different types of compressors. What compressors are commonly used for certain instruments. How to setup any compressor on any instrument.

What to listen for when setting up a compressor on:
Drums (Kick, Snare, Toms, Overheads, Room Mics). Drum Busses. Bass Guitars (clean and distorted). Synthesizers. Acoustic Guitars (rhythm and lead). Electric Guitars (rhythm and lead). Vocals (lead, backgrounds, harmonies). Voice Overs.

Advanced techniques like:
Sidechain compression. Serial compression. Parallel compression. Multiband compression. Mix bus compression. Mid-Side (MS) compression. Automating the controls.

You'll also learn how to…

Use Expanders and Gates on:
Live drums to reduce bleed. Drum samples to change their envelope. Bass and electric guitar to get rid of hiss and hum. Vocal tracks to reduce breath noise. Voiceover tracks to reduce room noise and AC hum.

Advanced Expander/Gate techniques like:
Sidechaining a synth pad with a percussion loop to add motion. Using gating and compression together in a channel strip. Use envelope modulators like SPL's Transient, Waves' TransX and Logic's Enveloper.



What students are saying

“Best place to learn music production! This is the third course I've taken and Signature Sound and Ian Sutton have helped me so much. I've always struggled with compression and its been difficult trying to find the right resources but this course definitely gave me a perfect grasp. Take it you won't be disappointed!"
– Simon McDermot
5 Start Rating

"Very comprehensive course. Great overview and finer details demonstrated make learning fast easy and fun. Instructor is knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to."
– Carey Calhoun
5 Start Rating



The only compression and dynamics processors course you need!


Your Instructor


Ian Sutton
Ian Sutton

Engineer Ian Sutton background: Engineer/Producer Ian Sutton has worked with hundreds of artists and bands, including +44 (Mark Hoppus & Travis Barker) Fallout Boy, Rob Halford, and Frankie J, just to name a few. Ian will thoroughly walk you through one of his most recent pop rock mixes, revealing all sorts of creative mixing and production techniques he's acquired throughout years of study and practice.

Ian Sutton is a graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is Certified Pro in Apple's Logic and Avid's Pro Tools. Ian has also worked with the likes of +44 (Mark Hoppus & Travis Barker), Fallout Boy, Frankie J, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, T-Pain, Deepak Chopra, Jerry Lewis, Los Tucanes de Tijuana and many more.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.
Does this course only apply to Pro Tools users?
Not at all! The processes taught within this course do not apply to one particular platform (DAW). Each technique covered is applicable to Logic, Abelton, Studio One and other similar DAW’s.
How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

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