At 6/4/14 10:29 PM, Cabbster wrote:
I'm constantly unsure what sidechaining is used for.
Is it simply to keep all synthesizers going to the rhythm of drums, and vice versa, through linking volume parameters to peak controllers, or to simply have easier control of automation on various parameters?
What is the purpose of this, just for effect, or for overall mixing/mastering?
There's a lot of reasons for sidechaining in whatever form it comes. In practical mixing terms, its used to help keep conflicting things like kick and bass from overlapping as much, generally dipping out the bass at the exact time the kick hits automatically. In this same fashion its used for an effect, a swaying type of sound generally. With 4 to the floor its not very hard to just automate whatever parameter, but with more complex beats this gives you the freedom to rearrange without redoing automations.
Also, using it subtle lets instruments or voices stand out amongst background. A more extreme example of this is when radio producers speak over music or whatever in the background. Everything is ducked out for their voice so they dont have to manually adjust all volume all the time.
So I guess in laymans terms, yes it makes automations easier by making them automatic, but there are definitely cases where it would be next to impossible to do what a sidechain does as well as it does with just hand drawn or moved variables.