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Parallel Compression on Kick/Snare
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:20:24 am »
hi guys, i was actually trying to find a way to get my drums have that punchy feeling in my own tracks. Mussar gave me a really nice tip that is parallel compression. So i made my research on it and as far as i know, it is possible to achieve this on ableton with basically the Glue Compressor as an insert effect as long as the dry/wet knob is at 50%. Does this mean that both signals, the compressed one and the "harmonious" one are mixed together on a track? or am i wrong somewhere? At least it feels like my Kick/snare sounds way more punchy and it still has really nice dynamics. Would love to hear your techniques, or learn if im wrong somewhere. thx guys

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Re: Parallel Compression on Kick/Snare
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 02:37:10 am »
There's other forms of parallel compression that you can dig into.

But with parallel compression, you're blending the input signal with the same input signal but heavily compressed.

Not to sure how the glue operates, but given a fundamental understanding of the dry/wet settings, i think it achieves the same result so to speak.

obviously biasing the dry/wet setting to one particular in it's entirety, will remove the parallel affect.

Looking to the word parallel, will also help you understand the idea of this technique a little more.
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Re: Parallel Compression on Kick/Snare
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2017, 01:26:10 pm »
This is by far the best article I've found on this topic.