Ducking Tutorials

Ducking is a term used to describe the effect of side chain compression. When the dynamics of one audio source are used to control the dynamics of another signal, the result is that the second audio signal is ducked.

Ducking tutorials and articles are listed below.

Better Compression Using an Oscilloscope

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Compression, Mixing, Side Chain Compression, House, Tutorial, Oscilloscope. In the old days, mixing engineers would study the volume meters as they danced along the console. By playing back well-mixed songs, these early pioneers learned how to read proper song dynamics. This skill is invaluable when trying to understand and utilize compression. This article discusses a modern approach to developing the same talent cultivated in the old masters: the ability to create pleasing dynamic compression. For this tutorial you will need:

  1. A VST Host (Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, Digidesign Protools, etc.)
  2. S(m)execope VST/AU Oscilloscope. Download S(m)execope for Windows / Mac OS X.

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How To Use Side Chain Compression

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Sidechain Compression Tutorial, Sidechaining, SSS Side Chain Compressor. The whole french house scene is practically defined by a signature sound. While the music itself is very different, every track seems to have this really loud sound. Some DJ’s call it a “push, pull”, “breathing”, or “suction” sound. It isn’t just artistry that creates this signature sound, it’s a lot of studio magic. That magic has a name: Sidechaining. After reading this tutorial, you’ll know exactly how to do it.

To follow this lesson you will need:

  1. A VST Host (e.g. Ableton Live, Cubase, Pro Tools, etc.)
  2. SSS Stereo Side Chain Compressor – Free VST Compressor (now for Windows and OS X). Click here to get the SSS Stereo Side Chain Compressor.

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SSS Side Chain Gate/Expander – Free VST for Windows

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SSS Side Chain Gate/Expander ScreenshotThis is an excellent free VST gate that supports sidechaining. The SSS Gate provides easy ducking and keying effects. Ducking and keying are some of the hottest effects in electronic music production today. Stay tuned for a ducking and keying tutorial from In the meantime, click the link below to download the SSS Side Chain Gate/Expander.

SSS Side Chain Gate/Expander – Free Windows VST