In this video, Atlantic Records Mastering Engineer Zach Kornhauser (Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Lin-Manuel Miranda) takes us through T-RackS Comprexxor and shows how you can use the Mid/Side feature and the harmonic distortion modes to make your drums hit harder.
"Today we're going to take a look at this awesome new plug-in from IK Multimedia called the Comprexxor. I'm going to go over some cool features that you can only find in this version, which IK Multimedia does an exceptional job of."
"One thing that makes this plug-in stand out against the others is that most plug-ins only operate in left and right channels. This one you can switch to Mid/Side.
"Over here, I've only got it working on the Mid channel. In the context of a drum kit, it'll be just the kick and the snare, everything in the center channels. I only want to beef up the kick and snare without having to affect anything else, like the cymbals.
That's a really cool way to add some parallel compression. This one by IK Multimedia is just exceptional.
"Most Distressors have these Distortions 2 and 3 to get a little bit of grit out of it. I've never seen one before that has this over here where you can drive it as much or as little as you like. I like Distortion 2, especially for that kick. It gives it a little bit of beefiness.
"I like the features. With the Mid/Side capabilities I can hone in on specific parts of a track and I can get very subtle or very extreme settings with the Dry/Wet knob and if I want, I can get aggressive or subtle distortion with this Tone knob over here."
"Those are just a few features of this plug-in. There are so many possibilities that you can get with this."
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Zach received two bachelor's degrees in music performance and audio production from Columbia College Chicago. This led Zach to become an assistant audio engineer for Grammy-Award-winning engineer, Ernie Wells.
Zach's post-college experiences earned him a master's degree in music business from New York University and a position with Atlantic Records where he currently is a mastering & audio engineer for their New York City studio facility.
He has had the privilege of working with artists including Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sia, Portugal. The Man, Stretch & Bobbito, Matt Maeson, Christina Perri & more.