Simply put, bus (or buss) compression is the act of using a compressor on the master to create a uniform sound for the entirety of a mix.
But we know this can be a confusing topic: When done properly, it can give a mix a sense of “glue and punch”, but can also destroy everything when misused.
In this week’s Instagram post, we intend to give you a simple step-by-step guide to put you in the right direction, as well as a few suggestions of both paid and free plugins that excels best in this domain.
Although every song is unique and will require their own tweaks, you can safely start with these settings, tweak them based on your tempo, genre, and dynamic material and experiment:
You should hear the cohesion you’ve been seeking but keep in mind: Subtlety is key !