Audio Compression Explained Clearly

Squeezing the best out of your audio

There are many videos on YouTube explaining audio compression. But this one is quick and includes helpful graphics, in addition to audio samples, to drive home the point.



If you are new to mastering and thought that a compressor was part of a refrigerator (yes, a compressor is part of a fridge but that’s a different type of compressor altogether), this is a good place to start. The vocal example presented is singing, not VO narration, but this is still a good explainer video for VO newbies looking to understand exactly what audio compression is and why it is important and useful.

The video refers to a particular Waves product Renaissance Compressor but the concepts presented apply generally to audio compression using any Compressor plug-in and with any (Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software.

Transparency Disclaimer: I have not been paid by Waves for this video recommendation. There are no affiliate links on this page. I have no agreement or relationship with Waves for promotion of their products. I have purchased and use some Waves audio FX plug-in tools.

Peter Mosier

Peter Mosier

Peter is a professional VO talent with over 25 years of experience in IT, mechanical engineering, industrial automation, management, commercial acting, and modelling. His VO journey began almost 20 years ago, when he worked with a national broadcast service. Later, his repertoire expanded to include numerous VO projects for corporate training and explainer videos. Peter's natural vocal skills and passion for VO fuses with his technical background and management experience. The results are "Creative, Clear, Competent".


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