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Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Sidechain Compression

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  • Introduction 1:01


    Multiplier welcomes you and goes over what the series is all about.

  • Introduction to Sidechain Compression 8:05

    Introduction to Sidechain Compression

    What is sidechain compression, and why do it?

  • Basic Controls & Principles 7:05

    Basic Controls & Principles

    Learn how sidechain compression works, the basic controls (attack, release, threshold), and something I call "hold down".

  • Ghost Kicks 7:14

    Ghost Kicks

    Sidechaining with no kicks, different kicks, cleaner kicks. and creating the "perfect" dummy/ghost kick.

  • Clicks 7:00


    What they are, why they exist, and how to fix them. Also see how to fix unwanted distortions.

  • Lookahead 4:32


    This video explores compressor "lookahead", and explains the famous "FF1 Mode". I also show how to do it manually.

  • Compression Modes 6:06

    Compression Modes

    Compressors don't work as you'd expect, I prove this, and then demonstrate how different modes give different sidechain shapes.

  • Input EQ 3:09

    Input EQ

    Input EQ can sometimes be used as a quicker workflow than ghost kicks.

  • Knee & Other Less Common Parameters 3:03

    Knee & Other Less Common Parameters

    Learn how to use compressor knee and envelope type to further shape the volume modulation.

  • 3rd Party Compressors 2:13

    3rd Party Compressors

    How to and why you might want to use a 3rd party compressor plug-in for sidechain compression.

  • Multiple Compressors 2:02

    Multiple Compressors

    The video explores the two ways multiple compressors are used: different inputs vs same kick inputs.

  • LFO Tool, VolumeShaper, etc.. 6:26

    LFO Tool, VolumeShaper, etc..

    Discover what these plug-ins do, and also understand some serious potential problems with using them.

  • Manual Sidechain 1:57

    Manual Sidechain

    This is another option, and I give the reasons for and against this.

  • Reasons to Sidechain on a Group/Bus 1:35

    Reasons to Sidechain on a Group/Bus

    Two reasons why it's best to apply sidechain compression on a group or bus.

Product Overview

Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, brings you another series designed for the electronic music producer, this time focused on the highly important technique of creating and using sidechain compression.

Adam welcomes you and gives an overview of what sidechain compression is, and why and when you want to use it. He then covers all the basic controls such as Attack, Release, Threshold, and something Adam likes to call ‘hold down’.

You’ll then learn fantastic tips and tricks for using and applying sidechain compression such as Ghost Kicks, Clicks, Lookahead Mode, Compression Modes, 3rd Party Compressors and more.

Adam also covers some staple Electronic Music tools such as Xfer LFO Tool, VolumeShaper and others. Wrapping it all up you’ll learn how to utilize manual sidechaining and how to apply sidechaining on a Group or Bus for a huge, grooving sound.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you produce electronic music this series is a must see, as you can’t get authentic sounding Electronic Music without the use of sidechain compression… Watch “Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Sidechain Compression” today.

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