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Chapter 11. Mastering > Using Sidechains

Using Sidechains

Sidechaining means compressing one signal using another as a trigger. The MClass Compressor has sidechain inputs that allow you to use sidechaining methods such as ducking (in which the presence of one type of sound causes another to duck in volume to make room) and de-essing (in which spikes caused by vocal s sounds are isolated using an EQ and then used to trigger compression of the voice track).

For example, say you have a bass and a kick drum that are sharing the same frequency band, and, despite all your efforts at separating them using EQ and mixing, the bass continues to overpower the kick. Instead of sacrificing the bass sound, one workaround is to set up an MClass Compressor to duck the bass down a few dBs when the kick drum is playing.


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