The advanced mixing method known as parallel compression is not just simple to use, it is also an essential for studio, mastering, and mixing engineers. Also known as New York compression, parallel compression offers its users a more balanced volume while also maintaining a recording’s natural dynamic range. To set up a parallel compression, one should create an auxiliary channel and add a second one to serve as its vocal summing bus which then need a compressor plugin added to it. After adding a compressor to one’s master track, mix the two track’s volumes to one’s liking.
- Parallel mixing is an advanced technique that can be difficult to discover naturally.
- Unlike standard compression, parallel compression is an upward compression of audio peaks.
- You can use the parallel compression technique with a variety of instruments for clarity, depth, and emotion.
“Unlike the standard downward compression usually applied, where the loudest peaks of an audio signal are lowered in amplitude, parallel compression can be thought of as an upward compression.”