Logic Pro Tutorial: Sidechain Compression Techniques

Expert sound designer Evan Sutton aka Astrolith demonstrates several sidechain compression techniques in Logic Pro.

Expert sound designer Evan Sutton aka Astrolith explains how compressors work and then demonstrates how to use sidechain compression in Logic Pro to mix sounds. Evan explains how to use basic sidechaining to quickly duck the levels of a bass part to give the kick drum room to cut through the mix. When mixing, it is crucial to make sure that there is room for all of the other sounds in the mix to achieve clarity and presence. With this technique, we can have sounds share a particular frequency range, while also creating some interesting rhythmic effects.

The second technique Evan explains how he uses Ultrabeat with the sequencer turned on to create a ghost sidechain source. In some cases, you may want to create a rhythmic ducking effect, even though there are no other instruments that can be used as a sidechain source. That’s where this trick comes in, and it’s simple to build into templates. Evan also takes us through some of Ultrabeat’s other unique features while demonstrating how to record automation that will control the transition between rhythmic ducking and no ducking to create a more dynamic, evolving sound.


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