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Make It A Double: Inside Approaches To Parallel Signal Processing
Parallel processing, by definition, splits a signal and processes the copies separately, but there’s a sinister concern called "latency."
By Michael Lawrence • August 12, 2019

One of the earliest studio mixing tricks that I learned was parallel processing – running the same signal through several mixer channels and processing them independently. There are a few variants of this technique, the most common being parallel compression.

For example, the first application I saw of this was when a studio engineer double-patched a dynamic vocalist and compressed one of the channels. It gave the control of a compressed vocal but also helped to preserve the dynamics and “life” of the uncompressed signal.

Nerd Note: Electronically speaking, this is sort of the “opposite” of a standard compressor. A common compressor is downward-acting, meaning it reduces the signal’s dynamic range by lowering the louder moments. This parallel technique flips that around...

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