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Does the "Mix" function on compression plugins equal parallel compression?
Old 1st July 2005
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Does the "Mix" function on compression plugins equal parallel compression?

My novice impression is that the "Mix" function on certain compression plugins can serve the same purpose as parallel compression. Some comp plugins like PSP Vintage Warmer have a mix knob which blends the processed and dry signals like an effect. Can this function cover the same ground as say, the old trick of multing a drum group and tucking in a compressed version under the dry one? Seems quicker and easier to just "mix," if so.

Thanks!
Max
Old 1st July 2005
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Yes!
Old 1st July 2005
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hmmmm

well, yes and no. it will do what you ask, but i think the delay compensation feature will not be of any use if there is a timing problem, since it is all on the same tracks.
Old 1st July 2005
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if only more compressors (hardware and virtual) had a mix knob, it'd save a lot of extra routing for setting up all those parallel compression tracks. would be great!
Old 4th July 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by travista00
if only more compressors (hardware and virtual) had a mix knob, it'd save a lot of extra routing for setting up all those parallel compression tracks. would be great!
Maybe you are already aware of it, but COMPADRE beatpuncher (VST/PC) has a "mix" control for this exact purpose.
More info can be found here: http://www.otiumfx.com/compadre.php

Cheers,
Rune
Old 5th July 2005
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It's one of the reasons I rate the PSP plugins so highly! I LOVE that they have the mix function as it saves having to setup more than one buss group!
I wish more plugins would have it...
Old 5th July 2005
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Does it work in PT?

(vintage Warmer's mix feature on compression)
Old 5th July 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jules
Does it work in PT?

(vintage Warmer's mix feature on compression)
Pretty sure it does Jules, yes.
Old 5th July 2005
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(hit submit too quick...)

VintageWarmer is great, but you should also check out the MixPack for the MixPressor. This also has the mix/parallel/blend feature and is a very cool comp to boot. I use MixPressor and VW quite a lot, a lot is to do with the mix function which I find invaluable on the buss.
It just lets you maintain your dynamics well. You get to have and eat your cake...
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