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NOT IN USE CURRENTLY - SCULPT (Complete) | MIXING SOUND
SCULPT Course outline
Intro to the Six Principles
What you need
EQ in context
Compression 1 Recap
Compression 2 Recap
Compression in Context
Mixing Desk Mastery
Mixing Desk Mastery Recap
Bus Sends and Aux Channels
Reverb: How sound behaves in a space
DCA (DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT AREA)
Intro to the Process
Preparing the Mix
Rhythm Section (Drums and Bass)
Bus Mixing Pt1 (Parallel Processing)
Bus Mixing Pt2 (Reverb and Delay)
Tips to Improve your Mix
Building Relationships - Spreading the Word
Getting your Music Mastered
Distribution Options and Playlists
Compression 1 Recap
There are often multiple correct answers (not just one) so read all the statements carefully.
1. Why was an audio compressor developed?
To adjust the three bands in television and radio equipment
To decrease the level of of a tv or radio presenters loud voice
To reduce the dynamic range in sound
To increase the level of the audience clapping
To target different frequencies within the frequency spectrum
To protect audio equipment from overloading
To reduce the size of an audio recording, as they took up a lot of hard drive space in the 1930's
2. How did the compressor solve the
issue of for the TV or Radio
presenters who were talking too
QUIETLY – in contrast to the entire audience
collectively clapping too LOUDLY, in the 1930's?
The compressor would ensure that the quieter voices are picked up and are loud enough to be heard on TV and that the loud audience's claps wouldn't overload the equipment’s settings, by bringing them down.
The compressor would balance the frequencies in a sound, ensuring that the high frequency clapping was attenuated to a level where it didn't sound as harsh
It was used to increase the gain of the presenters voice to a point where it distorted and cut through the audience claps
The compressor was used to turn the volume of the presenter and the audience claps to a point where they were both loud enough to be heard
3. What is dynamic range?
20- 20000 Hz
The lows, mids and highs
The distance between the loudest and quietest point in a sound
How far a sound can travel (e.g. the dynamic range is 10 meters in a bass sound whereas it is only 3 in a higher frequency sound)
The difference between the highest and lowest frequency in a sound
4. Select the statements that are true:
A compressor allows you to adjust the volume level of a frequency (or range of frequencies) within a sound
A compressor makes a performance less consistent
A compressor is a tool we can use to keep dynamics under control.
A compressor can make a performance sound more CONSISTENT
A compressor uses filters to attenuate the loudest signals
A compressor can be used to remove unwanted frequencies
A compressor increases the dynamic range
A compressor reduces the dynamic range.
A compressor uses filters to boost the quietest signals
A compressor uses filters to boost the loudest signals
5. If a compression ratio is very high…
It could be be a limiter
It could heavily reduce the dynamic range
It could make a performance more natural
It could ruin the feel of a natural performance
Distort the sound, it is safer to use lower settings
6. Above this level (in the digital realm) a sound will distort
7. By applying very harsh compression, the compressor
will ensure that audio will never exceed the threshold.
It acts as a PREVENTATIVE MEASURE, so that no
matter how loud things get, the volume stays below
Zero dB, and doesn't distort. What is this form of compression called?
8. This is the volume ABOVE WHICH a compressor
begins to affect the sound. Below this level, it’s as if
the compressor is in standby mode and won't affect
the dynamic range.
9. What sets the strength of the compression? (The higher the
first number, the more the sound will be compressed)
10. Which parameter determines how quickly the
compressor will reduce the volume by?
11. Which parameter determines how quickly it will allow the
signal to return to normal