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Sidechaining in Live

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    Introduction (3:33)


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    Setting it Up (6:51)


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    Sidechaining Bass to a Kick Drum (7:55)


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    Sidechain Multi Tracks (5:09)


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    Separate Sidechain Source (2:53)


Use Live? Want to know how to get the perfect compressed sound? Look no further! Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough shows you how to use the elusive technique of sidechaining in Live to make things fit better and have that "fitted" type of sound.

Craig starts with an in-depth introduction that reveals the commonly used technique, then shows you how to set it all up. Next, Craig gives you some examples of the technique "in action" on a kick drum and bass sound, as well as on multiple tracks. Lastly, Craig demonstrates the method of using a separate sidechain source to control things.

If you want to discover what sidechaining can do for your Ableton Live productions and mixes, stop here and watch "Sidechaining in Live" today.


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SRangel
Submitted 11 months ago

Very helpfull!

I knew sidechaining before, but it's nice to get a point for point explanation of everything. There's always something to learn.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live

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abdel bey
Submitted 1 year ago

very helpful

very good tips and examples

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Acid, Mixcraft, Studio One

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HOOOPS
Submitted 2 years ago

very useful tipps

very useful tipps, thanks a lot, thanks a lot, thanks a lot

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Shockwave
Submitted 2 years ago

Simple af

There are tons of dudes on youtube who would explain you how to sidechain, but nobody can explain it as efficiently as this guy does.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Beat Maker

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Chaeya
Submitted 2 years ago

Not for a Beginner

This was quick and to-the-point. If you've watched many tutorials on how to use Ableton Live and just want a quick brush up on side-chaining, then this is a tutorial worth watching.

I am a: Student, Sound Designer, Producer, Sound for Film/TV

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been living and breathing music, and music technology, for most of my life. I first got into music by learning guitar over 20 years ago, at around 11 years old, and after playing in bands throughout my school years. I studied Audio engineering at college, at first with analogue tape and MIDI gear using external synths and an early version of Cubase.

2. What training have you had?

After leaving school and earning a living playing in bands for a while I started working in live sound in the mid 1990s, working on a lot of live music events, large and small, while still writing and producing my own music, both solo and with various different bands.  By this time my music took more electronic focus, switching to Logic to sequence samplers, synths and drum machines, and record live instruments and vocals. 

3. When did you get into recording?

From 2000 I worked in a production studio in the UK, mainly using Logic, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sound Forge and the Waves plug-ins for audio engineering, and Reason and Acid for music composition, until discovering Ableton Live in 2002.

4. People you have worked with/for?

When MIDI was added to Live in version 4, I focused much more on using Ableton Live with Native Instruments and Waves Plug-ins, getting to know them intimately. Over the last few years I have been an internal tester for Ableton’s upcoming versions and I am also an Ableton Certified Trainer.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I am good at training people because I have an intimate relationship and passion with the technology I use. I strive to develop a deep understanding of the tools I use and genuinely want to share that expereince with others

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Sidechaining in Live is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpfull! I knew sidechaining before, but it's nice to get a point for point explanation of everything. There's always something to learn.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from very helpful very good tips and examples
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very useful tipps very useful tipps, thanks a lot, thanks a lot, thanks a lot
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Simple af There are tons of dudes on youtube who would explain you how to sidechain, but nobody can explain it as efficiently as this guy does.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Not for a Beginner This was quick and to-the-point. If you've watched many tutorials on how to use Ableton Live and just want a quick brush up on side-chaining, then this is a tutorial worth watching.
Date published: 2016-02-22
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