Session Guitar: Understanding Compression — and Why You Need It!

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silver

Thanks for the under the mix tip Ron! I'll try this tonight. I always use an amazing distortion plug-in called Ohmicide by Ohmforce on my VST drum mixes. Also izotope Alloy. Very effective for heavier stuff.

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RonZabrocki

Cool! Never usd that but will check it out! Appreciate the comment and for reading! All the best!

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lesmesa

Great blog as usual Ron...... More importantly dude be safe with this Sandy situation and also to all my guitar playin bros on the east coast........

You can replace your gear but can't replace yourself..... Stay safe and heed the warnings!!!!

Peace from Toronto

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RonZabrocki

Boy did you say it! I got lucky but so many friends lost EVERYTHING! Appreciate the concern!

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redstrat8

i wish i knew how to use my boss br 1600.i have no freakin idea how to use mic.just want to test it not record

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RonZabrocki

Hi redstrat8!
First of all thanks for reading! I unfortunately have no experience with that piece of gear. However, i may be able to point you in the right direction. I can see how you would be intimidated. Just have patience and try not to throw it through a wall!
1. Have you read the manual? If not, do so slowly and become familiar with all the knobs and buttons.
2. Go to youtube and look up br 1600 tutorial . You will find many br users who are happy to share in the knowledge! Many from Roland itself!
3. Go to the br website at boss or roland and see if there is a user group!
Don't be intimidated. These boxes that do it all are great! But they are incredibly confusing! There may even be a 3rd party book on how to record and all the basics.
Just start simple. Try and import a loop. Record a gtr.
There may be a mic/ line button to get the mic to work. Or maybe phantom power must be turned on.
Try and do these things and reach out to other users and I am sure you'll do fine!
Then think about using some computer software in the future because I do find them more flexible. But I also believe the br is going to make great recordings. Just a bit more confusing.
Good luck and let me know how it works out!
Ron

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mario3166

What do you recommend in a cheapo option so I can experiment?

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RonZabrocki

For guitar I like the Keely 4 knob, or a MXR custom shop or even a dyna comp. outboard studio grade compressors cost alot more but are worth it. If you are new to home recording checkout the Presonus line of recording software. Reasonable and full of goodies! I alao really love ALL the effects in the Line 6 HD line for guitar.

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RonZabrocki

Hey Mario! Do you have any recording software? They all come with some type of compression. It may be in the plug ins under dynamics. For 99 bucks Eventide makes a great plugin called the Omni Pressor! very good and readonable and quite flexible! i buy alot from Sweetwster and they are more than helpful with any product info! Or do you mean for guitar?

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RonZabrocki

If I can help, I will be checking in to answer questions!

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BKEN12

something I've been quietly avoiding for years!! Great article like always

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RonZabrocki

Embrace the horror! It is a tough one but go for it! But be gentle....a little goes a long way! EXPERIMENT! Thanks for reading!

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jpsurf93

What do you mean by "put it under the mix"? Do you mean, like, turn the wet/dry signal down?

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RonZabrocki

Here's EXACTLY what I mean... Take the drums solo'd out. Compress the shit out of them. Submix that squashed overly compressed signal out as a mix. Then import it in to a new track. Then gently add it in very quietly under the drums. It reallly fattens them up. You may want to roll off some high end on the squashed track. But once you hear it, you can't live without it. Or maybe you can put that in just under the chorus and watch it explode! And you can try this on any instrument. It is MOST common on drums. But go easy and don't put it in too loud! Thanks for reading and hope this helps!

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