Compressing EDM Drums Beats

A detailed exercise in how to Compress a driving EDM Drum Beat.


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Compressing EDM drum beats might sound simple until you have the beat in front of you. Understanding the genre’s requirements takes you some ways but understanding the various types of compressors you can use and how to use them will take you much further. Let me show you.

Topics covered in this video are:

  • Understanding EDM requirements
  • Frequency Management
  • Tempo and Sync
  • Tempo Calculator and Techniques
  • Understanding the relationship between attack and release
  • Style and Range
  • Transient Control
  • Compressor Parameters
  • EDM Beat Compression Tricks and Tips
  • Various Compression Topologies
  • Transparent v Coloured