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    Posted: 29 Jul 2013 at 9:11pm

ErmmConfusedHello to everyone ,
iv read a lot the term Side chaining , but have no idea what , way or how this is .
Any help would be great .
many thanks Tom Clap
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put simply, it's when one track is used to control the effect on another. For example, normally when you add a compressor to a track, it will be triggered by the signal level on that track, so if you're compressing a drum beat, then every time a drum hits, causing a loud burst in sound, the signal will go over the threshold (providing it's set low enough) and cause the compressor to turn down the signal.

If, however, you activate the sidechain circuit on the compressor on a track, then you can select a different track to be routed to the sidechain, which will then trigger the effect instead. So, if you have a compressor on a synth part with long, sustained notes, then the compressor wouldn't ordinarily do very much, due to there being no loud bursts in sound. However, if you send a drum track to the sidechain of the compressor, then every time a drum hits, it will cause the compressor to turn down the signal, resulting in the sustained synth notes turning down each time a drum hits. Normally, the drum sent to the sidechain of a compressor is the kick on each beat (1/4 note), which causes the parts being compressed (basslines, other accompanying synths, even vocals sometimes) to turn down when the kick hits - an effect called 'pumping'.

Sidechaining of other effects can be done too, e.g. making a gate open and close when the signal on another track goes over/under the threshold, or a filter frequency go up and down....

All of this is taught on the first module on the advanced course, which focuses on sidechaining.

Hope this helps!

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