How to apply sidechain compression to your instruments in FL Studio
Learn how to make your sounds pump to the beat of your drum.
Sidechain compression has been a staple in dance music for decades. You’ll most often hear it working on a bassline or pad alongside, making it ‘pump’ every time the kick drum hits. This technique can create more movement and groove in a track, but it’s also useful as a mixing tool to prevent the kick drum and bass – two instruments rich in low-end frequency content – from clashing and drowning each other out.
In this FL Studio Tips video, Max Venus shows you how to apply sidechain compression to your instruments. Using a kick drum as the sidechain input to the compressor, you’ll learn how to ‘duck’ other elements of your track in line with the kick to create a pumping effect. Max also shows you how a third-party envelope shaping plug-in can achieve the same results, and how FL Studio’s automation options can create the effect.
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Max Venus has been using FL Studio for over a decade and has released music on various labels, including Liquicity, New State Music and GAWA Recordings, under multiple aliases. His current project is MXV, releasing progressive house tracks on MNL, Songspire Records, ZeroThree and more. He’s also written FL Studio tutorials for MusicTech.