*DAW = Digital Audio Workstation
For those listening (not using the visuals) 2:22 – 2:44 Alexi is first importing the kick audio. He’s clicking File/Import audio/selecting a kick sample by scrolling through, and double clicking ‘enter’ to select, after its loaded, clicking ‘enter’ again allow it to drop into the project – creating it’s own new track.
For those listening (not using the visuals) from 3:33 Alexi has clicked on an empty drawer at the top of the kick channel, whilst keeping the mouse depressed, he’s sliding to the right – finding the ‘compressors’ submenu – and, moving down the compressors menu, selecting Dyn3 Compressor/Limiter – as it’s a stock plug in with Pro Tools. Any basic compressor will work. He lowers the threshold, until it’s beginning to catch the louder hits.
The changes are very subtle – again, make sure you’re listening on headphones or studio monitors.
For those listening (not using the visuals) from 7:09, Alexi has brought in a vocal line and added a compressor – using the exact same method as for the kick drum. He’s experimenting with the threshold control. This audio was tracked using some subtle hardware compression, so this is adding a second layer of compression.
For those listening (not using the visuals) from 10:15 – again, the same technique of bringing in a kick sample line. At 12:23, Alexi adds a compressor on this channel – and the ‘attack’ control is in the middle of the Pro Tools compressor. It is always in different places. These are subtle changes – you’ll need to be listening on headphones or studio speakers.
For those listening (not using the visuals) from 14:41 Alexi is bringing in the content using the same method, and adding a compressor at 15:35, where he then begins to bring the threshold down.
15:53 Alexi is adjusting the ratio
16:30 Adjusting the make-up gain to bring the level back to where it was. He keeps comparing with and without the bypass in, until the overall level is the same.