Sidechaining in PreSonus Studio One
Sidechain compression is a very common method to add “pump” to tracks, especially in electronic music genres. But how does it work?
Here´s an example:
- Use a signal (trigger) to send it into the sidechain input of a plugin (which is in most cases a compressor) which has been put on a bus channel.
- Tweak the compressor to your needs.
- Route everything that should be ducked through the compressors bus.
- Enjoy the pump.
Download the .song file where everything is already set up and ready to use, plus some interesting reverb set ups.
Explanation of used channels & routing
- The trigger sends the sidechain trigger signal to the upcoming compressors, “telling” them when to duck the signal.
- To use the trigger signal without hearing it (so you can use your own kick drum), it´s sent before the fader through the send slots by enabling the “prefader” button . Now you can move down the fader to
-00 and the signal that is sent to the compressors won´t be touched by the channel volume.
- If a plugin (in this case the compressor) recieves a sidechain signal, it can be recognized by the blue shining sidechain button in the plugin header.
- If you do not need more sidechain groups/effects you won´t have to edit something here .
- You will only hear the pumping ducking effect where you have a signal on the SC Trigger track. (For example the hits in the “SC Trigger kick drum loop” which is already set up in the demo file)
- All Trigger, FX and bus channels are set to safe solo .
(You can recognize this modus through the green instead of yellow solo button).
Safe solo means: Whatever track you solo, the channels which are in “safe solo mode” will not be muted, so you will always here your ducking and send Fx.
2. Sidechain busses
- Everything you route in here will be ducked/compressed depending on the sidechain trigger signal (Pumping effect).
- The difference between these channels is just the intensity of the ducking effect from soft (SC Soft) to very hard (SC Ultra)
3. Ducked reverbs
4. Reverb FX channels
5. Master channel