Speed up sidechain­ing

Future Music - - FEATURE -

> De­spite its neg­a­tive rep­u­ta­tion thanks to ex­ag­ger­ated overuse, sidechain com­pres­sion can be an essen­tial sound de­sign and mix­ing tech­nique when used in mod­er­a­tion – and the process can be stream­lined via clever group­ing and bussing.

Why not set up your cho­sen sidechain rout­ing in your DAW tem­plate? Cre­ate an empty ‘SC’ group con­tain­ing a sidechain-ca­pa­ble compressor, then cre­ate a se­cond (in­audi­ble) ‘trig­ger’ aux chan­nel, and key its out­put into the compressor’s in­put. This way, you can send one or more sig­nals to the silent ‘trig­ger’, and route any other chan­nel into the ‘SC’ group for sidechain­ing.

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