During today’s MIDI session I learnt new techniques about parallel compression and how to apply it to my own project. This involved using ‘busses’ in the mixer and applying compression to the bussed channel.
Parallel compression is when the signal from the bus is blended with the original channel strip. The bussed signal is usually heavily compressed and the original lightly / un-compressed. Below is an image showing the use of a bus in the mixer and how compression is applied:
After learning these techniques we applied them to our own project in studio. We used it on the piano and the drum recordings. It gave the piano a much fuller sound and the drums a punchy kick and snare. We did not apply this to the vocal tracks as we have decided to re-record them during next weeks sessions.