Audio Compressors aren’t exactly a plugin editors usually reach for to solve issues in their timelines. But they should be. In this article, I go into how to use them and why, but in this brief article, I’ll outline 10 reasons you should reach for an NLE Compressor plugin of some sort while cutting in your NLE – or in your DAW.
10 Reasons For Using an Audio NLE Compressor In Your Timeline:
- It’s the easiest way to balance audio in a clip or track.
- You won’t have to do that silly “double up clips” to make things louder when the +12 clip volume isn’t enough.
- You can create WAY snappier and transient dialog, sound effects, music and foley in 1/30th the time you could using keyframes.
- You can completely clip off all peaks or transients in a clip that’s getting in the way of your dialog in a single blow.
- With MultiBand Compressors you can not only contour the volume, you can contour the frequencies and characteristic of the sound.
- With the Cinema Sound Preset Library, you’ll have just about every kind of preset you’ll need to get the most out of the built-in single-band and multiband compressors in your NLE (coming soon).
- There won’t be a single editor you know who will have any idea why your mixes sound dope, and they won’t believe you when you tell them.
- You can use two compressors in a row on a clip to create super smooth balancing of just about any sound.
- A compressor, even on a light setting, helps dialog be more intelligible by enhancing sibilants.
- Routed to a subgroup/mix, you can use a compressor to control the volume of all your dialog clips or SFX or music…all at once.
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