Using sidechain to get a rhythmic effect in VST plugins

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Airlane
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Using sidechain to get a rhythmic effect in VST plugins

Post by Airlane » November 20th, 2018, 7:00 am

I'd like to experiment with the kind of rhythmic control over instrument signal level synced to a track as Johnny Marr did with his guitar on 'How Soon Is Now' in which a drum machine is inserted into a compressor's sidechain (see this YouTube demo).

I use Cubase AI which has a VSTDynamics processor with a sidechain function, though I don't think it can be used this way. Is there a free VST compressor/gate that enables its sidechain to be controlled by a rhythmic input? Perhaps someone will educate me on how to achieve what I want.

DrumDude21
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Re: Using sidechain to get a rhythmic effect in VST plugins

Post by DrumDude21 » March 18th, 2019, 11:19 am

Hi,

You should be able to do sidechain compression in Cubase with the built-in compressor. I do it all the time, mainly with synths and kick drums. There's a little button at the top of the Compressor plugin that allows you to activate sidechain and choose a source.

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