What Is Sidechaining In EDM Production?Nayskii
Sidechaining, or ducking, is a compressor trick that was invented to lets radio DJ’s talk over the audio without being washed out. In EDM production, sidechaining (ducking) is used for producing music more clear where the drums and bass talk over each other.
Sidechaining is all about subtracting shape. You want to subtract the kick drum volume shape from the bass volume shape when they are talking over each other. Unfortunately sidechaining is easier said than done and not always necessary. So a shortcut for sidechaining is to create a kick drum and bass that are one sound, aka the 808.
808 sounds are often created using a Roland or by changing the shape of the bass sound wave. And you can totally create an 808 that is a bass sound and kick drum sound together. Learn about Bass Sound Design for 808’s here.
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