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UA: All About Compression

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Learn all about compression from the company that practically invented the compressor: Universal Audio!

In this tutorial Universal Audio compression expert David Crane takes you on an extensive tour of UA’s vast line of virtual compressors. You’ll learn about the 1176LN, Teletronix LA Series, DBX 160, Fairchild, Fatso, UAD Mastering and Channel SSL 4000, Neve® and the amazing Precision line of emulated compressors.

Through an engaging 2-hours of tutorial-videos, David takes you on a journey through UA's “hardware-based” history and then explains how Universal Audio’s new emulation plug-ins are designed to reproduce their hardware ancestor’s classic sound while simultaneously adding enhanced functionality. This tutorial is filled with before-and-after audio excerpts that enable you to listen to how these incredible compressors are optimized for use on drums, bass, guitar, piano, vocals and on the mix bus.

Universal Audio is one of those iconic companies whose innovations in the recording industry span almost 60 years. Their unparalleled hardware compressor designs created by their sister company UREI, including the ubiquitous LA-2A, LA3-A, LA-4, 1176, are products that transformed the sound of recorded music.

Even if you don’t own any of these UA compressors you will learn compression techniques that you’ll be able to apply to any compression plugin-ins you own.

So join David Crane on this incredible exploration of compression with the amazing UA compressors, and discover how compressors are (without a doubt) one of the most important tools to "master" in an audio producer’s toolbox.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction to Compression Concepts
2. 1176LN Compressor Overview
3. 1176LN Compressor on Drums
4. 1176LN Compressor on Bass
5. LA-2A Compressor Overview
6. LA-2A Compressor on Acoustic Guitar
7. LA-2A Compressor on Vocals
8. LA-3A Compressor Overview
9. LA-3A Compressor on Bass
10. LA-3A Compressor on Acoustic Guitar
11. dbx 160 Compressor Overview
12. dbx 160 Compressor on Drums
13. dbx 160 Compressor on Bass
14. Fairchild 670 Compressor Overview
15. Fairchild 670 Compressor on Acoustic Guitar
16. Fairchild 670 Compressor on Piano
17. Fatso Jr Compressor Overview
18. Fatso Senior Compressor Overview
19. Fatso Senior Compressor on Drums
20. Fatso Senior Compressor on Master Buss
21. SSL 4000 Buss Compressor Overview
22. SSL 4000 Buss Compressor on Drums
23. SSL 4000 Buss Compressor on Master Buss
24. SSL 4000 Channel Strip Compressor Overview
25. SSL 4000 Channel Strip Compressor on Drums
26. SSL 4000 Channel Strip Compressor on Vocals
27. Neve 33609 Compressor Overview
28. Neve 33609 Compressor on Acoustic Guitar
29. Neve 33609 Compressor on Master Buss
30. Neve 88RS Channel Strip Compressor Overview
31. Neve 88RS Channel Strip Compressor on Vocal
32. Precision Buss Compressor Overview
33. Precision Buss Compressor on Master Buss
34. Precision Limiter Overview
35. Precision Multiband Compressor Overview
36. Precision Multiband Compressor Overview Part II