Ableton Mixing Tip | Bus Compression | Will Marshall

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Learn the basics of bus compression and why it’s so important especially to use with electronic drums in this Ableton Live video tip by Will Marshall.

Typically the dynamics of even well programmed drums can feel somewhat robotic compared to a live drummer on a kit. This technique will help gel all of those parts together into a cohesive unit.

Using Ableton Live’s built in compressor, Will explains the compressor parameter settings in detail that you will want to start with to achieve this result.

In this drum compression technique, the goal is to let the initial transient of the kick and the snare through, then set the compressor to duck the volume afterward. The faster the drum beat, the faster you want to set the release. This way, the volume pumping effect caused by the compressor will be in time with the beat. Will shows you how to apply compression while still preserving the punchiness of your drums.

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