3 Common Mistakes With Bus Compressors

This week’s tutorial is a breakdown of 3 mistakes that are commonly used when applying bus compression.

Bus compression is a technique used on tons of mixes. It can be used for drum sums, instrument sums, background vocal sums, & of course on the master channel. When used properly, bus compression can give a glued, cohesive sound that helps a mix sound professional; however, when used incorrectly, bus compression can cause severe damage on your mix & take the life right out of the song.

Follow along as professional engineer Realistic shows you 3 common mistakes with bus compression to avoid & how to properly adjust the parameters.


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Realistic is a music producer and engineer located in the Twin Cities. He has been producing music for Hip-Hop & Pop music since 2004. In 2017 he graduated with an AAS in Music Production & Engineering. He is a producer for Pharaoh & Alexis Krystine. Realistic is SoundOracle’s head engineer in which he mixes/masters the loop & drum kits for SoundOracle.net & mixes for the websites mixing service as well.

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