Sidechain Compression

Sidechain compression is a top production technique in dance music, but sidechaining can be a difficult effect to master. Learn 5 top sidechain compression workflows to help you understand how sidechain compression works and how to get the most from its creative workflow effects.

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Is the boom in your track too muddy? Need some extra thump in the low end? Watch multi-platinum producer/engineer Lu Diaz (Jay Z, Beyoncé, DJ Khaled, Kodak Black, Pitbull) as he breaks down his 3 tips for bringing out the best of the bottom end of your mixes.

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In this video, Grammy-winning mixer Tony Maserati (Beyoncé, Jay Z) shares how he uses a sidechain to get drums to cut through a mix with EQ on a parallel compression buss.

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Can’t get your vocals to cut through a busy beat? Learn a simple trick to make more room for vocals even when the beat behind them is already complete.

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Watch how to quickly get a sidechain pumping / ducking effect in this video with Grammy®-winning producer / remixer Dave Audé (Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson).

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Watch OneKnob Pumper in action. See how this easy-to-use auto-sidechaining plugin achieves an instant ducking effect, making the music pump with the beat.

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In this tutorial you will learn how to use sidechain compression to get a ducking effect, using the OneKnob Pumper, C1, and Renaissance Compressor plugins.

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Mixing Engineer/Composer Dave Darlington (Bob Sinclar, Digable Planets, Sting, “Oz”) gives his tip for sidechaining the kick track with Renaissance Compressor.

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In this tutorial video, you’ll learn how bring out the low end of a mix, using sidechain compression with the CLA-76 compressor and PuigTec EQ plugins.

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