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

What is Mastering and Why is it Important?

Matt CookProduction, Tips

A simple mastering chain

What is it? Mastering is the final part of the production process, and it includes several important parts. Glue ‘Glue’ the different sounds together with low-ratio compression. At this point, a little compression goes a long way. Timbre Make any final tweaks to the overall timbre and sound of the track through EQ, and other¬†very subtle effects to make the … Read More