Does anybody have experience with Two Stage Compression in Cubase?
Two Stage Compression’s purpose is to have different compression for the quiet and loud passages of a drum performance in a song. Two Stage Compression routes all the drums to a stereo compressor, then routes the compressed return, along the original (unprocessed) drums, to a second stereo compressor to be compressed in parallel. The monitoring would be done where the output of the second compressor is.
The video explaining it is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvHlx3XHpBA
Unfortunately, it’s explained in console language with hardware inserts and console returns. However, I’ve read at another site how it would be done within Cubase and wanted to check if the routing recommendations were verified to be correct here at the authorized Cubase site.
Would this routing setup in Cubase accomplish my goal?
- Set up a stereo Group Channel for all of the drums. Lets call this “All Drums Group”. Have all the outputs of each individual drum channel routed to this “All Drums Group”.
- Create two new stereo groups: “Bus Comp Quiet”, and “Bus Comp All/Loud”.
• Bus Comp Quiet will have a compressor set for quiet sections
• Bus Comp All/Loud will have the compressor set with a higher threshold so that it is only active during loud passages. This will also be the only group to be monitored in the mix.
- On the “All Drums Group” create one pre-fader send (use Send 1) to “Bus Comp Quiet” and set this to 0db (full).
- On the “All Drums Group” create another pre-fader send (use Send 2) to “Buss Comp All/Loud” and set this to 0db (full).
- Turn the fader of “All Drums Group” all the way down (this channel is now only sending signal via the pre-fader sends)
- Now send the output of “Bus Comp Quiet” into "All Drums Group.
Thanks for any information on this technique and your routing suggestions.