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Masterclass-Compression & Gates ProAudioEXP


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If you've been looking to the absolutely BEST training on the planet for Compression, Limiting and Noise've found it! Over 3 hours of Premium Training on all things to do with dynamic processing.

While I cover these subjects in our Ultimate Home Recording School and Ultimate Live Sound School, this course is for you maniacs who want to know it ALL :) The knowledge and examples in this course are of the caliber that you would find taught in high end $30,000 a year sound schools like Berklee and Full Sail.

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Basic Compression Example

Sidechain Routing

Variety of Dynamics Processors
History of Dynamics Processors
Compression Analogies
Compressors, Limiters & Gates

Detection & Gain Reduction
Example: Matching Levels of Sidestick and Snare
Makeup Gain
Threshold, Ratio & Makeup
Attack & Release Times
Example: Shaping a Tom Sound
Example: Guitars & Bass
RMS vs Peak Metering

Explanation of Noise Gates
Background Noise Gating Example
Example: Noisy Guitar
Example: Gating Drums

The Main Channel Types
Single Channel
Master Channels
In the Hardware World
In the Software World
Example: Dance Music Pad
Example: Ducking Vocal Announcement
Example: De Essing
Parallel Processing
Serial Processing

Vintage Compressors
Multiband Compressors
Pop Quiz of multiple Compressors

...Kick Drum
...Snare Drum
...Bass Guitar
...Electric Guitar
...Acoustic Guitar
...Acoustic Piano
...Male Vocal 1
...Male Vocal 2
...Male Vocal 3
...Female Vocal 1
...Female Vocal 2
...Female Vocal 3
...Split Vocal Example

RMS vs. Peak Metering
Geek Math Section ;)
Understanding Presets
Bonus Trick!

Customer Reviews

Based on 33 reviews
Martin M Alfrido (San Antonio, US)


Bassicb (Sydney, CA)
Eye opening!

I truly thought I know what I required to be efficiently adept at mixing, what I learned is how in-efficiently adept I really was in compression and EQ to name my weak points.

After 4 hours approx. in each DVD, the lights came on and I have intensely reworked my workflow, and increased my mixing abilities.

No matter what level you are at, I can honestly say that these DVDs are a genuine source of information at your fingertips.

And it doesn’t stop there....I messed up in ordering the Vocals DVD and contacted David Wills, explained my dilemma and I was set up almost immediately with the DVD I forgot in my order. OUTSTANDING client/customer care and at lightening speed.

I could speak volumes, however, my thumbs are tired from texting LOL.

Extremely well done, keep us fed David.

All the best, Gid bless and be safe out there.

B. Scott

Kevin J. Prebushewski (Edmonton, CA)
Great training resource or refresher on topic

Another great course that I found helpful as a refresher for myself who has done sound for years in church and to use for training new techs. Some things I probably was not explaining too well and thus the refresher for me was good. The examples included are always great and helpful. To hear the difference as per example after an explanation helps reinforce it! The files included that you can download are nice for you to be able to use later for the same demonstration purposes.
As a musician I always enjoy taking lessons once in awhile to learn something new and build my skills. It is awesome we can do this with our audio skills also and when we have time.
As I have said before, David has always responded to any questions or comments I have had very quickly!

Kevin J. Prebushewski
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Holger Moeller (Bielefeld, DE)
Great course – great instructor!

David is one of my favourite instructors, love his voice and his kindness. And his knowledge is unbelievable – love it!!

Victor (South San Francisco, US)
Master the essentials

Fantastic course that has examples and demonstrations for each component of compression. Very happy I found a course that is clear and concise. Highly recommend this masterclass.

Jack Graves (Owens Cross Roads, US)

David continues to show that he is proficient in sound engineering. His teaching is clear and concise and interesting to listen to. Would recommend!

Gerald Thompson (Lancaster, US)
Masterclass Compression & Gates

Once again David knocks it out of the Ball Park with his detailed training!! We used to run away from Compression & Gates as much as possible as we thought it robbed certain tone qualities thus making it harder to record the tunes with the sound we were use to. Wrong again. This Class shows how much it actually improves the tone qualities as we have learned now by doing it the right way. The only thing better than these courses would have been working side by side with you in person over the years!! Thanks again David.

JEREMY Williams (Springfield, US)
Compressor was in Bypass the whole time?!

With this course that phrase should never happen to anyone again. The nuts and bolts of compressors and gates are expertly and thoroughly covered in this course. It is a must for any musician to understand these two wonderful pieces of kit. The creative uses of gates is also a bonus that makes this course a great package tied up in a pretty bow. Thanks again Dave!!

Fred Tetley (Baton Rouge, US)
Great so far.

Been doing live sound and recording since early 70's. Thought I would actually learn about what I have been just playing around with for years.

John Masters (Gravesend, GB)
Now it makes sense!

Thought I had a handle on gates and compressors! Turns out I had misunderstood a lot of what I had read and seen from so called YouTube experts. Thanks David for putting me straight. The course is well structured, logical and brilliantly explained, as are all David’s courses.

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