Side Chain Compression

There’s a lot of misinformation floating around the internet on various topics of audio mixing. And one of the most misunderstood and underutilized mixing techniques is side chaining.

This particular download focuses on compression in the side chain. It’s primarily used to create layering effects.

I love using side compression to help beef up a thin sounding rhythm section or think sounding orchestral woodwind section– this particular use of side chain compression is called New York City Compression. Check out my NYC Compression download for more information.

Side chain compression is what you hear throughout EDM (electronic dance music) that gives this music its iconic synthetic pulsing effect. It’s created by setting a compressor to tell the synth sounds to back off every time a kick drum hits. Sounds complicated, but it’s rather simple!

Side chain compression is also heard much more subtly on mixes in all genres, including classical and popular recordings, allowing certain voices within an orchestration to stay on top of others. For example, use it to ensure you can always hear the vocal soloist over the piano accompaniment throughout a piece.

Broadcasts require side chain compression to keep the reporter’s voice over any audio that may be playing as he/she speaks.

Take your music to the next level by using side chain compression throughout your mixes. You’ll be glad you did.