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Ducking/Side Chaining.

Ducking is a popular technique used in EDM music to apply percussive processing to pads, leads, and bass lines using side-chains on compressors. This technique is also used as a method for getting bass and drum passages to subtly fit together in mixes. The most notable sound for ducking is the sustained synth that sounds like it is pulsing to a beat. That pulse is created by another instrument.  In order to successfully apply ducking to your track you must have the following:


  • Compressor inserted on a pad or lead track with side-chain capabilities

  • Percussive source to key the side-chain


 Check out this video explaining how it is done, then try it yourself.




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