Learn Compression: The Beginners Guide to Mixing

Learn the fundamentals of mixing with compression, which can take an OK recording/mix & make it a great recording/mix.

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Here's what people have to say about this course

Every PRODUCER who isn't 100% sure about compressors should take this course. Well explained and very thorough. I feel completely sure on what I'm doing when it comes to this now. Phenomenal course!"
Tevin Singh

"Excellent use of various compressor examples and the audible differences of use. Also excellent technique of presetting compressor controls and then adjusting each in the proper sequence, all the while listening and observing meter response to arrive at an optimized result. Very well done and very beneficial."
Shannon Ericsso

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 the fundamentals of mixing with compression.

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.

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. Synthesizers. Acoustic Guitars (rhythm and lead). Vocals (lead, backgrounds, harmonies). Voice Overs.

IMPORTANT!! What happens if you don't get professional help? Well ask yourself this, 3 months from now how much better will my mixes sound? The reality is without proper training they won't sound much different. Yes, you can spend hours, days, and weeks trying to find YouTube clips online, but they only do so much. This mixing class has 3+ hours of instruction from a professional Recording Studio with over 25 years of experience servicing some of the biggest bands in the world. Invest in something that matters, your passion in creating music! We're the answer to help you get better.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of Computer Recording and Mixing

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 25 years of experience and expertise from a professional recording studio that has serviced bands such as U2, Blink 182, Switchfoot, Icona Pop and many many more.
  • An advanced understanding of compression and dynamics processors that can take an OK recording/mix and make it a great recording/mix.

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.

Here's what a few more students have to say about this course

"A very in depth course on compression, the teacher explains in great detail on how to use different types of compressors on instruments and vocals. I really enjoyed this tutorial, a good to go back course to view again as reference material."
Andy Welland

"The instructor is very thorough in his teachings. He does an incredible job of explaining pretty complex concepts to a simple level where most beginners can understand. I may be a little in over my head when it comes to this class and only require the digital compression, but it is nice to get the extra information just in case I do go out and buy a compressor!"
Michael Forti

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

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