Learn how to make your drums smack with parallel compression in Logic Pro X

Make those drum hits stand out.

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How many times have you made your drums sound punchy and powerful on their own, only to hear them drowned out when bringing in the rest of the mix? Parallel compression, also known as New York compression, is a great way to make your drum hits sound more impacting and cut through the mix. Fortunately, this is easily applied in Logic Pro X.

In this Logic Pro Tips video, Jono Buchanan explains the concept of parallel compression and how it can give your drums a little more spank. Learn what the best settings are for parallel compression and how you can use automation to make it flow with your mix.

In our Logic Tips series, MusicTech Logic guru Jono Buchanan explains the music production process on Apple’s professional DAW. We have over 50 episodes covering topics such as:

Jono Buchanan is an Apple Certified instructor, with years of experience under his belt. As well as being a professor in Guildhall’s Electronic Music Department, he’s also a producer and media composer, and a trusted writer for MusicTech magazine.

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