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Using Sidechaining Effectively

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Sidechaining is certainly popular topic amongst today’s production fraternity. Mainly used to create pumping effects in electronic music, the process still remains a mystery to a lot of people. Here are a bunch of tutorials that show you how to sidechain in various DAWs.

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  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Sidechaining and Ducking in Reason04 sidechaining
    Side-chaining and ducking is certainly a popular topic amongst today's production fraternity. Mainly used to create pumping effects in electronic music, the process still remains a mystery to a lot of people. Things can become especially confusing when a program has its own tools for the job. Mo Volans gives you a Reason to duck...Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Create a Triggered Noise Gate Effect in LogicNgpreview
    The use of Gate Effects has become increasingly prevalant in today's music scene. Typically used for supressing noise, gates are also useful creative tools for creating choppy, glitch effects. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a triggered noise gate effect in Logic Pro (though the principles would be the same in any DAW).Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Mixing & Mastering
    How to Set Up Side Chain Compression in Cubase 4Thumb
    In past tutorials I have covered side chaining in Reason and touched on side chaining effects busses in Logic Pro, but after a few emails on the subject, I felt it was about time to cover the slightly less transparent side chaining method that Cubase 4 has adopted since the introduction of the VST3 protocol. I’ll cover side chaining using gates and compressors for varying effects and results. Obviously this isn’t one for the more seasoned Cubase user but it seems there are still some people out there that are slightly baffled by the process. Hopefully this will clear things up for those concerned.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    6 Creative and Alternative Uses for SidechainingThumb
    Sidechaining has been a popular tool amongst engineers for long time. I have covered the basic methods for achieving the effect in a few popular DAWs, including Logic, Cubase and Reason but let's take a look at some real world examples of how we can use the technique.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Set Up Sidechain Routing in Logic, Cubase & ReasonSidechain
    This tutorial contains three screencasts showing you how to set up sidechain routing in Logic 9, Cubase 5 and Reason 4. In these tutorials I use a kick drum to trigger the sidechain and use a piano loop for the processed sound but obviously you can apply this technique to any two sounds you wish. I have also included the project files from each DAW so you can load them up yourselves.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Create a Global Side Chain Source in ReasonThumb
    If you are working in Reason it's highly likely you will be utilising the side chain capability of the MClass compressor.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Side Chain Compression in Ableton Live 8 - Part 1Preview
    Up to Ableton Live version 6, the software didn't include a compressor device with side chain input. Ableton Live 7 onwards introduced the new side chain enabled native compressor. The resulting effect is also called "ducking" and in this two-part tutorial we are going to explore it's uses and demonstrate how his method can assist and enhance your mixing experience. We are also going to look on how to apply side chain compression to multiple signals and also how to modify the spectral characteristics of the compressed signal so that only a certain frequency range can be affected. Finally we are going to spectrally modify a "busy" input signal so that only a certain frequency range will have an effect on our compressed signal. The Ableton Live version being used is 8.0.9.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Quick Tip: How to Keep Your Return Effects Tight and CleanPreview
    Using reverbs and delays as return effects is more a less a essential part of mixing. The only problem with these effects set ups is that longer reverbs and delays can sometimes confuse a clear mix. Luckily there are a few things we can do to keep things tight and make sure you mix remains intelligible and punchy.Read More…