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Compressing a music track relative to a vocals track

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by quesne, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. quesne

    quesne Active Member

    I am trying to compress two tracks, vocals and music. I would like the music to fade slightly each time the vocals come in.

    I think I've done this before on my regular compressor using a side-chain signal, but I was hoping to learn how to do it using digital effects.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    Do it the same way with your digital effects. Add the vocals as a side chain input to the compressor on the background track. In Pro Tools they call it a "key input" everyone else seem to call it a side chain.

    Or you could set the vocal above the background in the mix and put a limiter on the main bus. Pretty much the same thing when you just have two tracks.
  3. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Not all DAWS have Key input Compressors, or side chain compressors. I run Nuendo 3.O and please correct my if I am wrong, but I have not found one yet.

    I do have one on my UAD card, but thats a different story...

    You could also just automate some fader moves too.
  4. StephenMC

    StephenMC Member

    You could probably find a free ducking plugin without too much difficulty. Not ideal, but if you have no other choice...
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    "free ducking plugin"


    A plee ducking frugin for you.
  6. quesne

    quesne Active Member

    Thanks very much for everyone's input and for the link to the plug-in.

    I downloaded the plug-in, but has anyone any idea how I use the routing controls? What are they referring to by Channels 1, 2, 3 and 4? Are they tracks? What if my music is already in a single stereo track, how do I route that to Channels 1 and 2?

    Any help would be appreciated!
  7. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    I can't make use of the stereo version of that - I don't have the software.

    I have used the mono version however, but I doubt that helps.
    Just remember to set your Range control to whatever you want it to duck by, or you'll lose the music altogether.

    What software are you using, someone here will likely know if it's possible/how to do it.

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