SideChain: What does it mean?
Could somebody explain to me what sidechain means? I hear the term a lot and have no clue what it is referring to.
Thanks for your help
Sidechaining a compressor for example, to duck music out of the way for speech - You send music through a compressor, but send the vocal mic into the sidechain. When the announcer speaks, the compressor pushes the music out of the way.
If you're looking for a real-world example, listen to the DJ talent on almost any radio station.
EQing the side chain in a gating situation to impove the gate response.
Slide a duplicate region of an instrument back in time and using it to open a gate or trigger a compressor on the main track without any time delay. This works great for gating toms as you can make the gate open just before the inital strike.
You can also make a tempo based tremolo by feeding the side chain a click track so the gate on a guitar or whatever track opens and closes in time with the click.
Some engineers will even sidechain a bass compressor to the kick drum so that whenever there is a kick impact the bass is momentarily ducked which gives the kick more punch.
All in all, a lot of creative uses. Have Fun!!
but have fun experimenting around a bit... it's very usefull