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Side-Chain Compression With Multiband DAW Software
Old 7th August 2017
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Side-Chain Compression With Multiband

I use Pro Tools 12

So I see a bunch of tutorials about side chain compression for example making the kick compress the bass. But doesn't it compress the whole bass frequencies instead of where the kick is sitting?

Isn't that bad?

I have the multi band 4 compressor from waves and it does not have the option for side chain, or maybe I missed it? Do I really have to cut my bass different parts to do this?

If I am wrong could explain it folks thanks!
Old 7th August 2017
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A broadband compressor will work just fine for New York ducking. The thing is to have the initial transient of the bass 'duck' when the kick hits, which clears a tiny bit of space for the kicks transient. You don't need multiband for this. You actually don't want multiband for this because if a bass note sits over a crossover point, it may not compress as nicely. So just use a standard broadband compressor and you'll duck all of the notes that play right on top of kicks. Don't over do it though. Fast attack, and fast release, maybe 3:1 or 4:1 ratio. Pull the threshold back until you see the gain reduction when the kick drum hits.
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