Free Tutorial on setting up Side Chain Compression in Logic 9

Apple Logic 9 Studio

Over the years we have been frequently asked about this topic so we decided to make a tutorial video. Side Chain Compression is an important production technique in many forms of electronic music but it is probably most used in house music and most notably by Daft Punk and other french disco house producers.

Side Chain Compression essentially takes one sound and uses it to effect another. In house music it is usually the kick drum that effects another sound in the mix by lowering its volume each time the kick drum is used. This creates the ‘pumping’ sound that is a signature part of the french disco sound.

Perhaps more commonly, radio DJs also use Side Chain Compression to lower the volume of the music while they are talking.

Posted by Joel Heatley

I've been lucky enough to be involved in developing, testing, manufacturing, marketing and selling sample libraries and virtual instruments for over 10 years. During this time I've seen a lot of great new software being released, some of it changing how computer based music is produced. It's this creativity and innovation which makes this industry very exciting and truly inspirational.


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