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Chapter 2. Dynamics

2. Dynamics

This chapter explores the mysteries of dynamics processing. Sometimes turning the volumes of specific parts up or down is not enough to balance the volume of many different layers of music, so sharper tools must be applied. We’ll look at compressors, expanders, limiters, and gates and see how to apply them all. As usual, most memory locations in this chapter’s session have corresponding plug-in settings so you can compare your results with mine.

I hardly need to point out that dynamics are an important part of music. A singer accents important words and makes you listen really hard for subtle nuances. The saxophonist starts a solo with a couple of gentle notes and then builds to a screaming climax. Beethoven starts with those four famous notes really loud and then develops them sotto voce. These dynamic contrasts are like the alternate contraction and relaxation of your heart, pumping the music through your veins.


  

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