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WTF is Upward Compression (and why you NEED IT!)

WTF is Upward Compression (and why you NEED IT!)

WTF is Upward Compression (and why you NEED it)

You might have heard the term “upward compression” before, but what does it actually mean? And why is it so important when mixing music in your home studio?

What “Compression” Really Means

Anytime we say the word “compression” we mean that the dynamic range of audio is being reduced either by turning down the loud parts or by increasing the quieter sounds.

Turning down the loud parts is called DOWNWARD compression. When we turn up the quietest parts without affecting the loud parts, that is called UPWARD compression.

The overall effect of compression is that the volume of the track is more consistent.

This is an essential tool for mixing music, as it helps to keep sounds from jumping out of a mix by controlling peaks – but each method has a UNIQUE sound.

If you’re not sure how to use upward compression when mixing your music, don’t worry. In the video below, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know.

00:00 – What is Upward Compression
00:38 – Download My Free Compression 101 eBook!
01:03 – What is Compression in Audio?
02:17 – Another Way to Do Compression
02:34 – Difference Between Downward and Upward Compression
03:50 – Demonstration of Upward and Downward Compression
05:41 – The Sound of Upward Compression
06:46 – When to Use Downwards and Upwards Compression
07:21 – Compression on Drums
08:15 – 3 Reasons Why I Use Upwards Compression
09:28 – Downside of Upwards Compression
09:50 – Multiband Upwards Compression
10:20 – Don’t Forget Your FREE Gift!

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Bobby Balow

I'm an audio enthusiast, entrepreneur, and owner of Raytown Productions – an online mixing, mastering, and production studio. I love challenging artists and musicians to create art that is honest and resonates with others.

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