A question about sidechain compression

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handbookofmagic
KVRer
6 posts since 20 Nov, 2019

Post Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:37 am

When you do sidechain compression, do any of you guys ever think about using different pumping amounts for low and high frequencies (or for mid and side of the audio)?
I was thinking about making a simple plugin for sidechaining where you could pump mid and side differently or low and high frequencies. Would that be useful for you?

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antic604
KVRAF
3281 posts since 4 Jan, 2017 from Warsaw, Poland

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:46 am

handbookofmagic wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:37 am
When you do sidechain compression, do any of you guys ever think about using different pumping amounts for low and high frequencies (or for mid and side of the audio)?
I was thinking about making a simple plugin for sidechaining where you could pump mid and side differently or low and high frequencies. Would that be useful for you?
Pretty sure someone thought of that already...

Look up "multi-band compressors" and/or "dynamic EQ" ;)
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handbookofmagic
KVRer
6 posts since 20 Nov, 2019

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:48 am

Yeah, I know that it exists, of course. I just wanted to see if it's actually useful for a wide range of people or if it just over-complicates the plugin, you know.

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antic604
KVRAF
3281 posts since 4 Jan, 2017 from Warsaw, Poland

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:11 am

handbookofmagic wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:48 am
Yeah, I know that it exists, of course. I just wanted to see if it's actually useful for a wide range of people or if it just over-complicates the plugin, you know.
Yes, it's very useful unless you specifically want the exaggerated ducking sound of the wideband compressor.
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SoundPorn
KVRian
952 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:12 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXot48b ... 9m7pNg8pKT
antic604 wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:46 am
handbookofmagic wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:37 am
When you do sidechain compression, do any of you guys ever think about using different pumping amounts for low and high frequencies (or for mid and side of the audio)?
I was thinking about making a simple plugin for sidechaining where you could pump mid and side differently or low and high frequencies. Would that be useful for you?
Pretty sure someone thought of that already...

Look up "multi-band compressors" and/or "dynamic EQ" ;)

handbookofmagic
KVRer
6 posts since 20 Nov, 2019

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:15 am

SoundPorn wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:12 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXot48b ... 9m7pNg8pKT
antic604 wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:46 am
handbookofmagic wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:37 am
When you do sidechain compression, do any of you guys ever think about using different pumping amounts for low and high frequencies (or for mid and side of the audio)?
I was thinking about making a simple plugin for sidechaining where you could pump mid and side differently or low and high frequencies. Would that be useful for you?
Pretty sure someone thought of that already...

Look up "multi-band compressors" and/or "dynamic EQ" ;)
Haha yeah I know those plugins and that it exists. I'm just wondering if that stuff is actually useful. Cause I don't want to overcrowd the plugin with stuff people don't really use or might think it's too complicated, you know.

trmupstage
KVRist
299 posts since 25 Sep, 2002 from Chicago

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:32 am

I often add an EQ before the compressor that is being sidechained. Having it all in one would be a nice touch though. I generally use a compressor on the bass that is sidechained from the kick. That keeps the low end punchier for me.

Smapti
KVRist
84 posts since 4 Jul, 2019

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:04 pm

Wavesfactory Trackspacer does exactly this:
https://www.wavesfactory.com/trackspacer/
It's an excellent plugin.

museumoftechno
KVRist
52 posts since 29 Apr, 2011

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:59 am

LFOTool does it too, via a "split" feature - it is useful, if you've got a broadband signal you can duck the bass (EG) but leave the highs sounding smoother and less affected

DrEntropy
KVRist
61 posts since 27 Nov, 2018

Re: A question about sidechain compression

Post Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:30 am

Sidechaining a multiband compressor or dynamic eq is something I use in almost every mix. I use Izotope Neutron, but there are many other tools out there that can do this.

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