How To Use Mix Bus Compression [30 Tips To Improve Your Mix] – Free Tutorial

In part 20 of “30 Tips To Improve Your Mix” we will take a look at Mix Bus Compression.

We will look at what mix bus compression is and why it’s a key part of your mix. I will then show you how I use mix bus compression including my settings. In addition, we will try out a three different compressors including:

All of this in Studio One. But as always, this applies to any DAW.

Mix Bus Compression

Use Mix Bus Compression?

I didn’t use compression on my mix bus for the longest time. I didn’t realise what I was missing out on. You may have heard that mix bus compression adds “glue” to your mix and I thought I knew what that meant. I was under the impression that I would be getting this from the compression I used on individual tracks but I was wrong. The only way to glue your tracks together is by using a touch of mix bus compression.

Check it out:

Try This In Your Next Mix

This is a nice simple thing to do but it is very easy to go overboard. Use just a touch of compression and your tracks will immediately start to sound polished. Give this a go as soon as you can. Try it at the start, middle and end of your mix to see what works for you.

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See you in the next tutorial.

Have a great time mixing, cheers!

Nick

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