How to compress afro vocal.
Compressor or dynamic control is generally a piece of device or software used to attenuate/tame the audio source material.
Long before the invention of the compressor mix engineer developed a trick
whereby the volume of different channels where manually engaged by hands
to keep them lower at higher passages and higher at lower passages to maintain
an even level throughout the song
In this tutorial, I will be showing you How to compress afro vocal to sit properly in the mix
and this secret works well with all genres of music.
In brief, the parameters of the compressor are very important in archiving our goal
of making the vocal to sit nicely and properly in the mix
I will be using some basic compressor as an example, and am not in any way
affiliated to the owners or neither are these compressor the best,
there are so many good compressors are out there with great unique characters
So let us dive into How to compress afro vocal
The above image shows a traditional waves renaissance compressor called the RCompressor which features all the normal parameters of a great compressor
which we are going to be using today.
1, Threshold, Attack, Release, Ratio and makeup gain are the features of a normal compressor.
Method 1 On How to compress afro vocal
I will generally start by setting my ratio to 4:1 and turn my Attack button all the way to it max meaning-making
the attack to react slowly and turn my release to the react very fast then I will set the Threshold to catch the peaks of the vocal
The fun part of it is I will gradually dial back the attack knob slowly back until the vocal begins to sound dual I will stop there.
by now I should be seeing that the gain reduction meter showing
-4db of gain reduction, I can dial hard the threshold to -8db of gain reduction to compress afro vocal to sit properly in the mix
it depends on taste
Start with a vocal preset and gradually set your Threshold to reduce 4\8 db of gain reduction listen very in setting the attack and release to taste.
Nevertheless, whichever ways you choose always remember that your ear is your final Judge,
Always A/B check your compressed signal to bring back your vocal to its initial level
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