Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Effectively using side-chain inputs, part of Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
Up until now, we've worked with the compressor by feeding the signal we wish to…compress directly into the threshold circuit of the compressor,…but what if you could control the compression of one signal using the dynamics of another?…Listen to the swell of the synth pad to the beat of the kick drum.…The kick drum is triggering the swell on the pad.…(music playing)…We'll discuss how to set this up specifically within your DAW in the next movie.…
The technique of controlling one's signal dynamics using another signal's…interaction with the compressor's threshold is called side chaining.…Instead of the compressor listening and reacting to the input signal, the…processor is told to listen to another signal, known as the key, and base its…compression decisions on that.…One of the most common uses of side chains is ducking.…Think about when a radio DJ talks over the music he's playing and how the music…seems to automatically turn itself down, much quicker than a human can react…with their hand on the volume fader.…
AuthorBrian Lee White
- Measuring amplitude
- Understanding dynamic range
- Introducing compressors
- Utilizing compression ratios
- Applying attack and release
- Evening out a vocal performance with compression
- Adding punch and sustain to drums
- Using compression presets intelligently
- How to record with compression
- Solving common mix problems with limiters
- De-essing a vocal track
- Using gates and expanders
- Controlling frequency content with multiband compressors
- Using sidechains creatively
- Keying gates and compressors
- Fixing overcompressed tracks
- Using mixbus compression
- Working with parallel compression
- Compression and limiting best practices
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 1/10/2014. What changed?
A: The Get in the Mix videos have been updated to the most recent version of Pro Tools. Also, the course now includes free Get in the Mix sessions for two more DAWs: Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 11.
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1. Audio Dynamics
4. Special Dynamics Processors
5. Advanced Topics
An Interview with the Author
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