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If you produce and mix music, you’ve got to understand how compression is the glue holding everything together. In this all new, in-depth video tutorial series, studio expert Dave Askew teaches you everything you need to know about compression from the beginning to end.

Dave starts out with a primer on the basic components of an audio signal, which leads into an explanation of the basics of dynamic range. After that, Dave offers a brief history of how compression developed into the staple of audio production it is today.

Next, Dave explores the kinds of compressors in use today, and the electrical components that control them, as well as the components the software versions emulate. That leads directly into videos on the specific controls common to most compressors: threshold, ratio, and makeup gain.

Dave now covers the more creative compressor controls by showing you how to shape your sound with various types of envelope controls. He reveals the different “knee” behaviors, where the threshold meets the compression ratio, and explains how you can control your compressor using a different signal via the sidechain input.

Finally, Dave wraps up the series with videos showing you how to apply everything you’ve learned. He shares his approach to mixing with compression, and what goes into his decision making process. Then he shows you how to use compression when mastering audio for final release to the world.

This course goes into detail about compression, its history and modern contemporary uses. I learned how a compressor works with its circuitry, its signal flow and what exactly it does besides turning a signal down. I learned about the different types of metering used and some techniques for De Essing, gluing tracks together and overall level control. However, they could have definitely gone over how to compress instruments in the context of a mix much more thoroughly by giving examples and doing it in real time.

I disliked how the Mix and Master sections were handled. Rather than show you how things were done, they have you go and listen to 3 reference mixes and return to the lessons for a gloss over of how the mix sounds different without actually going into what was done to change the mix. Then they rehash what was already gone over and you don’t get a full understanding of how compression changes the sound of instruments in relation to each other. I particularly didn’t like the "plugging" of specific brands for the tools used, almost like an advertisement for the products. These are minor gripes though compared to the whole package which is why I only removed one star, as a beginner will definitely get there feet wet, I just prefer to be a little more soggy than I got.

For formal training I took regular music lessons in grade school and high school which were fortified with training from private tutors. After school I joined the Army band and went through the Army School of Music as well. I’d like to say that most of what I’ve learned though came through experience and having hands-on opportunities.

During my stay in the Army I was the live sound manager. I loved operating the mixing board but I loathed the ‘live’ environment. I truly enjoyed making things sound great but I didn’t like the fact that there is so little room for error in the live setting. I had wished for more time to invest in being able to make something that sounds ok, turn into something phenomenal. I started by recording our Army band performances on a Yamaha AW1600 for fun, but really enjoyed that I could capture that moment then take my time to make it sound amazing without having to worry about the crowd booing. The rest is history!

A few musical highlights have been running live sound for the President of the US, and doing some on the side tech work for the band Dope. I also was able to work with Virus on one of his side projects. Over the years though my focus has been mainly in customer service and tech, so I’ve talked with thousands of industry professionals on a daily basis which have truly been too numerous to name individually.

Growing up I always felt that I spent a lot of time training myself how to do things, but oddly enough I always thought I’d never make a great teacher even though I’m a geek through and through. In the early part of my career I turned down so many opportunities to teach music and engineering. I think part of that came with my own insecurity of not having the formal education that society tells us that we need to succeed. It took a lot of time, practice, and personal education to get me past that hump of feeling confident in trusting that what I taught myself was legit. I’ve finally reached a point where I feel like I have a lot to offer in terms of knowledge, but most of it has come through investing the time with having the hands on experience that not even formally educated people get sometimes. I truly believe the best way to learn something is to get your hands on it and immerse yourself in every little detail. Groove 3 is a great avenue to be able to share that knowledge.

Learned a Lot… This course goes into detail about compression, its history and modern contemporary uses. I learned how a compressor works with its circuitry, its signal flow and what exactly it does besides turning a signal down. I learned about the different types of metering used and some techniques for De Essing, gluing tracks together and overall level control. However, they could have definitely gone over how to compress instruments in the context of a mix much more thoroughly by giving examples and doing it in real time.

I disliked how the Mix and Master sections were handled. Rather than show you how things were done, they have you go and listen to 3 reference mixes and return to the lessons for a gloss over of how the mix sounds different without actually going into what was done to change the mix. Then they rehash what was already gone over and you don’t get a full understanding of how compression changes the sound of instruments in relation to each other. I particularly didn’t like the "plugging" of specific brands for the tools used, almost like an advertisement for the products. These are minor gripes though compared to the whole package which is why I only removed one star, as a beginner will definitely get there feet wet, I just prefer to be a little more soggy than I got.