The sidechain effect is a popular technique used in music production to create space and separation between different elements in a track. By using compression to duck the level of one track when another track plays, you can create a pumping, rhythmic effect that can really add energy to your music. Here's how to create a sidechain effect using standard compression:
1. Start by creating two tracks in your music production software - one for the music you want to pump, and one for the kick drum.
2. Next, insert a compressor on the music track. A good starting point is to set the attack time to around 20 ms, and the release time to around 100 ms. This will be adjusted later.
3. Now, route the kick track through the sidechain input of the compressor of the music track. This will tell the compressor to duck the music when the kick track plays.
4. Adjust the threshold and ratio parameters until you get the desired amount of pumping effect.
5. Finally, fine-tune the attack and release times to achieve the desired timing of the pumping effect.
Make sure to listen back at different volumes to make sure it sounds good both in the mix and when played loud. Read this guide for a better understanding of loudness in audio production.
With a little practice, you can use the sidechain effect to add energy and excitement to your music. Just remember to start with a designated sidechain-track, add a compressor to the tracks you want pumping, route the kick track through the sidechain input, and then adjust the threshold and ratio until you get the sound you're looking for. Good luck!