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Parallel bus compression in MONO?
Old 1 week ago
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Parallel bus compression in MONO?

Curious the limits of this. If you've got you're mixbus, or sub-mixbus (ie: drum bus), can you take a mono version of this, send to a mono compressor, and mix back into the bus (ie: parallel compression) without crazy phase cancellation or other undesirable issues?

With software prob unnecessary, but if you can do this with hardware, makes it MUCH easier on the wallet. If this is a bad idea, why? Been reading a lot of threads, and they say a lot about parallel compression, and mono compression, but not much about mixing them this way.
Old 1 week ago
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Yeah you can definitely do mono parallel compression. If I'm understanding the question right, it's not a problem at all, very common. A bus doesn't haven't to be just two channels, it can be one channel, or any number of channels.

Regarding phase issues if using hardware, that's usually up to your DAW to figure out these days with features like "Automatic Delay Compensation" and such (or whatever your DAW calls it). But you can figure it out manually also if need be. There are even utility plugin tools that allow fine control over phase alignment to get it perfect.

It's also a benefit of analog summing, it makes using outboard hardware easy without having to use any delay compensation in the DAW, since everything is sent out at the same time, processed in the analog domain, and re-recorded back into the DAW as a whole vs. an individual track.

A lot of compressor plugins have a wet/dry knob (parallel compression) simply built in to the plugin, so just slap them on a stereo or mono track and adjust the wet/dry knob and done. Very helpful.
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There's nothing wrong with a mono parallel compression scheme. If in the box, with proper delay compensation, there shouldn't be a problem with phase issues. If there are phase issues when making things mono without plugins involved, there's an issue with the tracking.
Old 1 week ago
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so if I have a 2 bus in my daw, either drums or full mix, I can send a mono version of this out to a hardware mono compressor and rerecord it and mix it back in with my original 2 bus without phase issues? I think that's what I'm hearing people say, but I'm not sure. so long as I compensate for round trip latency, of course, using a ping plugin or the like. is that correct?
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