Understanding Attack – The Attack Principle

If you’ve automated almost anything, you’ve encountered what Kevin calls the “Attack Principle”.

Understanding these tiny dynamics can help your mixes become more crisp and clear. Not understanding this can leave you “chasing your tail” for hours.

Check it out and let us know what you think! When have you encountered this principle? Anything you can add?


  1. That sounds like a great piece of advice. Specifically when you mentioned bass for me, it clicked. On a recent mix, I was having trouble making the bass stand out without making it overbearing.

    I tried playing with it in the EQ, but still couldn’t get it. I’d get a sound that I liked, but if I turned it up to where it could be heard, in managed to clog up the overall mix. Then if I turned it down to where it didn’t clog up the mix, it didn’t stand out clearly enough.

    The second I get home, I’m going to see what happens when I apply the Attack Principal. I think it’ll make the notes pop out without making the release muddle everything up. I’ll let you know how it goes.


    1. Thanks Cody.

      I’m glad this helped. I just finished up a mix critique and we talked about how to make vocals jump out of the mix more. The “attack” is a great way to do that.

      Hey, thanks for the comment.


  2. Thank you Kevin. I would have never thought, that emphatizing the attack could make the whole word seem to be louder. Im not very good yet, about understanding compression. Especially the release knob is still a bit mysterious to me on how to use it properly.

    Anyways, i’ve got my first mixing session coming up on the beginning of february and i will def. give this teqnique a try.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hey Michael. Thanks for the comment. I hope you can use some of the tutorials on you mix that’s coming up. Make sure that you are signed up to the list (the footer or the “5 things” video will get you on the list) because I have something coming up that may interest you.



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