Learn how to use Cubase’s compressor and all its parameters

New to dynamic processing? Let’s start with the basics.

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For the uninitiated, compression and dynamic processing can be slightly intimidating. What’s a threshold? How much ratio do you need on your audio? Do I need a slow or fast attack time? Cubase comes packed with a bunch of different compressors, which may confuse things further. However, we’re going to show you how to use the default Compressor in Cubase and explain what compression is and why you want to be applying it.

In this Cubase tutorial, Bruce Aisher teaches you how to use Cubase’s compressor. You’ll learn what compression is and why it’s such a powerful tool in mixing and production. Bruce shows you the various parameters found in most compressors, such as threshold, ratio, attack, release and make up. You’ll also learn a little bit about the Channel Strip compressor and when to use it.

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Bruce Aisher is an English music producer, music technology journalist and lecturer. As one half of the duo Brancaccio & Aisher, he has had club hits for labels including Bedrock, Parlophone and his own Player One Records. He regularly contributes to MusicTech content and is one of our Cubase Experts.

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