Did you know that the use of side chain compression can greatly improve your mixes? Side chain compression is beneficial for controlling different instruments and even use it to help isolate a voice on an audio track so it shines better. When you listen to a track with side chain compression versus one without it, the difference is quite noticeable. In particular, you will notice how much better the vocals sound on a track that has been run through the side chain compressor.
- A side chain lets us use a different channel to trigger a compressor.
- A side chain compressor’s main goal is to help you control something that is in the way of another thing.
- Side chain compressors aren’t a cure all for everything though, so the other steps need to be done correctly too.
“In essence, what the sidechain does is allows us to trigger the compressor with a different channel instead of the source that it’s actually on.”