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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The REAL New York City Compression Trick

Many of you already use the New York City Compression Trick on your drum tracks, but it's possible that you're using just simple parallel compression. There's a lot more to the trick than that though if you want to do it right, and this video from my 101 Mixing Tricks program will show you the trick in all its glory.

Believe me, use this trick and your rhythm section will rock harder than ever before.

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adirondackmoose said...

Interesting, most literature I've read applies this concept (and calls it NYC style compression) to the kick drum only. But after seeing your tutorial, I can certainly see theres something to running the whole kit through the NYC bus. I couldn't see in the video, other than some EQ on the individual drum tracks, is there also some slight compression on kick/snare to level them out dynamically?

Bobby Owsinski said...

Yes, there's also compression on the individual kick and snare, although back when this technique was invented that wasn't the case. Back then it was done because there weren't enough compressors in the studio to cover every channel.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Bobby. Can you clarify just how this is different than regular parallel compression?

Bobby Owsinski said...

It adds high and low EQ and the bass into the compression chain, so it's compressing the entire rhythm section.

Anonymous said...

Ok, on second viewing i get the difference. Can't wait to try it.
Thanks Bobby.

Nichole said...

Thanks for the demonstration.


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