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Intro to Keyed Ducking / Side-Chain Compression


One of the most important techniques in professional sound mixing is side-chain compression, also known as ducking or keyed ducking. This video tutorial from Shachar Gilad includes a demo of the side-chain technique, sending the kick and snare drums to the C1 compressor/expander to trigger the ducking effect on a keyboard pad. The result is adds power to the kick and snare, groove to the keyboard pad, and glues all three elements together in the mix.

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