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In this tutorial, audio engineer Jeff Dykhouse addresses the advantages and disadvantages of both hardware and software compressors. Compression is a process that manipulates the dynamic range of an audio signal to achieve more uniform and consistent sound by altering perceived volume. By understanding their use and how to manage compressors, your vocals will stand out from the surrounding instrumentation, your drums and percussion will appear to have a more sustain sound and give guitars a fuller sound. Since the type and amount of compression is dependent on the type of audio signal being processed, Jeff outlines how the various compressor controls affect the audio signal manipulation that is required. You will see and hear how different compressors affect various instruments and how to apply it to your music creation.

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Who is it for?

  • Job seekers
  • Graduates
  • Students
  • Music students
  • Music producers
  • Singers
  • Music Teachers
  • Singing Teachers
  • Musician

Course outline

This course is comprised of the following topics:

  • Module 01: Introduction
  • Module 02: What they do
  • Module 03: How to use them
  • Module 04: When to use them
  • Module 05: Comparing Software Compressors Guitar
  • Module 06: Comparing Hardware Compressors Guitar
  • Module 07: Comparing Software Compressors Drums
  • Module 08: Comparing Hardware Compressors Drums
  • Module 09: Summary

Course Duration: 

From the day you purchase the course, you will have 12 months access to the online study platform. As the course is self-paced you can decide how fast or slow the training goes, and are able to complete the course in stages, revisiting the training at any time.

Method of Assessment:

At the end of the course, you will have one assignment to be submitted (you need a mark of 65% to pass) and you can submit the assignment at any time. You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification when you submit the assignment. You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days if you have successfully passed.


Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate for Compressors: The Essentials.

Entry Requirement:

Learners must be age 16 or over and should have a basic understanding of the English Language, numeracy, literacy, and ICT. 

Career Path:

Understand how to use and manage compressors so that your vocals will become more distinguished when considering the surrounding instruments. Here, the drums, guitars and percussions will also be considered as having a more sustainable level of sound. You can learn the manner in which a compressor will control audio signal manipulation and how this will affect the different instruments. A career with bright prospects await you with the completion of this course. According to www.payscale.uk, some of the key job positions along with the average UK salary per annum you can go for after completing this course will be as follows.

  • Music Producer – £25,025 per annum
  • Audio Engineer – £25,077 per annum
  • Musician or Singer – £26,036 per annum
  • Music Teacher – £27,920 per annum
  • Music composer – £37,586 per annum

Presenter Information:

Jeff Dykhouse has been actively involved in audio engineering for more than 20 years. He has been a user of computer-based recording systems from their inception. Jeff’s diverse career has earned him gold and platinum awards (RIAA). Many of Jeffs endeavors have been within the Praise & Worship genre, where he has worked with top artists such as Paul Baloche, Crystal Lewis, Kevin Prosch and The Violet Burning. Additional clients include corporations such as RCA, Apple Computer, NBC and Charles Schwab. Jeff owns and operates a recording facility and systems design company in Temecula, CA. 

Course Curriculum

Free Introduction
Compressors The Essentials FREE 00:00:00
1: Introduction
1. Introduction 00:00:00
2: What They Do
1. Theory of Operation 00:00:00
3: How To Use Them
1. Level Control, Peak Limiting, Increase Average Levels, Special Effects 00:00:00
2. During Recording 00:00:00
3. At Mix down, Parallel Compression, Delay Compensation 00:00:00
4. In Mastering 00:00:00
4: When To Use Them
1. Controlling Excessive Dynamics, Compensating for Lackluster Sounds, Increasing Loudness Without Clipping, Creating Special Effect 00:00:00
5: Comparing Software Compressors Guitar
1. On Acoustic Guitar 00:00:00
6: Comparing Hardware Compressors Guitar
1. On Acoustic Guitar 00:00:00
7: Comparing Software Compressors Drums
1. On Drums 00:00:00
8: Comparing Hardware Compressors Drums
1. On Drums 00:00:00
9: Summary
1. Summary 00:00:00

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