Learn how to treat compression like an instrument and perform magic on any drum mix.
Fab uncovers the mysterious process of parallel compression, also known as New York compression.
Watch this step by step guide on how to achieve a punchy yet natural drum sound with some simple routing and a compressor (or 3!)
This tutorial shows you how to:
Set up parallel processing buses
Listen and learn the unmistakeable sound of New York Compression
Tweak the 2 most important controls: attack & release
Manage gain staging between the processed and unprocessed signals
Hear the tone differences between various compressors being pushed to their limits.
This is the most essential mixing technique that’s been used on almost every record for decades. Don’t start mixing another set of drum recordings until you’ve watched this tutorial!
Chandler TG1 plugin
UAD 1176 plugin
willajsnow •Saturday, July 18, 2020
Very clear and concise explanations. Thanks!
kuzeyyildirim •Tuesday, February 13, 2018
My fav is CT4. Thank you Fab
guillaume92 •Thursday, March 23, 2017
Hi! So great as usual; I'm watching them all, it's so helpful and simply explained, so great!
Do you use outboard for your haircut? :))
Fabulous Fab •Tuesday, December 6, 2016
@soundspace2001: I do not send much OH in this bus. You could. It's a taste thing. I like to keep things dry and punchy, OH would make more of a mess. If you are looking for a messy, wooshy sound, go ahead and include them.
soundspace2001 •Thursday, December 1, 2016
I wonder if you still send the OH, Room-Mics and Monomic to a separate OH-Bus? Or if you sent the whole set - including OH, Room-Mics, Mono-Mic to this Crunch-Bus? But interesting new option how to do this ...
davidromero •Wednesday, November 23, 2016
All compressors in wins. LOL
joshuagoble •Sunday, March 8, 2015
Loved the punch from the CT4.
Sheldon Cooper •Saturday, December 20, 2014
Thank you for the answer, if you mean what you showed in the advanced video (switch the input of the crush bus then send the drum channels to it so you can mix it independently) i can remove the send from "clean to crush" then send the drum channels to the crush bus, looks like the same by the way!
Have a nice day! :)
Uauker •Sunday, August 31, 2014
How about phases issues on parallel compression? In the mixing Caribean video you used the same compressor settings in the two busses to avoid phases issues. The same happens here?
roba81 •Thursday, January 2, 2014
Great video fab. For me the comparison of the different sounds of the compressors was really helpful. For someone like me who is fairly new to the game and trying to train my ears this kind of stuff is great.
crash •Monday, May 27, 2013
in this video you put all the drum in to a clean bus and a processed bus!
Is there any differences to put all the drums part into the clean bus and make a send(in pre fader) from the clean bus to the processed bus ?
onlinemusic •Friday, December 7, 2012
It was very helpful at the end when you compared the sound of each compressor without talking in between the examples, and used the images to indicate which comp we were hearing. Talking in between examples makes it harder to hear the differences. It would be great if in future videos there could be more instances of this type of comparison. Thanks!
jrod9900 •Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Hey, Fab, I know there are no rules, but when should you use the full kit through parallel vs just say kick and snare. It seems like I've gotten told not to run everything through there together, yet it is perfectly acceptable for me to run kick and snare through one and a squashed room parallel with the rooms. ???
Thanks for all these great tutorials!
TaskUno •Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I am astonished by how much difference I can hear already, in only my first attempt to use your technique. I also appreciate how you break things down in a simpler form than most which is very easy to understand. Please keep them coming!
fab •Friday, October 7, 2011
@ DAVE / Yes it does. It gets twice as loud. In the video we compensate for that so we don't fool ourselves with levels. You should do the same in real life. (Whatever that is)
@Chimulko. THanks. Working on it
@Fransme. You should have no phase issue if you make sure that your plugins are properly compensated. (Sometimes you get lied to by your DAW)
@Mike C. PT LE pre PT9 is not delay compensated. It takes a lot of planning to do parallel comp on there. Save yourself some grief and upgrade :-)