How To Use Parallel Compression PROPERLY

Music of today has taken on a big transformation, with songs becoming wider and sounding much cleaner, The area that newbies struggle with the most is loudness.

I get it, It’s a hard game and matching the loudness and quality of mainstream releases can be confusing If you’re new to this.

All though there are plenty of techniques out there that can boost the overall loudness of your tracks, one of which I use on repeat, which seems to be ignored a lot.

Do you want to start matching the loudness of your favourite commercial recordings?

Here’s what you do!


Understanding Parallel Compression can be difficult, but here it is in a nutshell.

Parallel compression, also known as New York compression preserves higher volume peaks of your sound by mixing an unprocessed ‘dry’, or lightly compressed signal with a heavily compressed version of the same signal, In result bringing up the lower volumes.

So if your goal is to make your music louder and fuller sounding without knocking down dynamics, Using Parallel Compression may be an option for you.

Here is how to use parallel compression properly:

  • Send your dry signal to a bus/return track.
  • On the return track put on a compressor with a short attack time and long release.  Then, turn the threshold down so you heavily compress the signal.  This long release and short attack ensures that the entire signal is flattened out
  • Mix the bus/return track into to your original signal until you notice the volume difference and stop before the heavily compressed signal overpowers the mix and destroys the dynamics.


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