What is Compression?

Matt CookProduction, Tips

Ableton Live's built in compressor

What is Compression? Compression plays a huge part in every professional mix. Put simply, its roles are most often glue (on busses) and volume control (on individual tracks). We will dive in with a more technical explanation after covering these concepts. Glue In the mix, related tracks are in groups, or “busses”. For example, separate tracks for the hi-hat, snare, … Read More

Filters are the Gateway to a Clean Mix

Matt CookProduction, Tips

A hi-pass filter

“What is the one thing I can do to make my mixes sound more professional?” My answer to this – filters – is one that many producers either overlook, or don’t understand. Let’s get to it. Filters One of the first steps I take in every mix is to add low-pass and high-pass filters to most tracks in the project. … Read More