The first time Ken Lewis saw an LA2A in a big recording studio, he thought, “Its only got 2 knobs, how could this possibly sound good?” Then he listened and learned.
Learn what an audio compressor is and how compression works. Watch as Ken tackles a mountain of Classic Compressor plugins in this 82 minute tutorial. Listen to the radical differences in tone, shape, color, and character between 11 compressors and 5 different compression and limiting types.
- Fairchild 660
- Manley Vari-Mu
- DBX 160
- Kramer Pie
- SSL E Channel
- API 2500
- Neve 33609
- Vari Mu
- Bridged Diode
Observe as Ken compares and contrasts all of these legends, demonstrating examples on mix bus, drums, bass, and vocals. Then, throw out everything you thought you knew about the sound of 1176 and LA2A compressors as you see Ken compare 7 different 1176 plugins and 6 different LA2A plugins. By the end of this tutorial, you will know which compressor to choose and why.
Additional PDF’s are included as a valuable resource:
- Attack / Release time Charts for all compressors
- 1176 comparisons & LA2A comparisons
- Ken’s summary thoughts on the audio examples
Another great place to find awesome content from Ken Lewis is on his YouTube channel, Mixing Night. Ken hosts free semi-monthly livestreams with real time sprint mixes, demonstrations, special guests, and more. Register here for the next event to join in the fun!
Learn how to mix, record and produce music from Ken Lewis, as he shares the real world techniques used to make world-class, hit records based on his 25+ years of industry experience. Ken’s credits include work with BTS, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Drake, Future, FUN., Mark Ronson, Ariana Grande and countless others.
- Run Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
- Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced