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Ableton 9 Tutorial: Sidechain – How to make Kick and Bass sound like a Pro

In this new tutorial dedicated to the electronic music we will see how the sidechain compression works and how to use it to improve the quality of your track. This tutorial can be useful for any kind of electronic pumping style of music, like techno, techouse, house, progressive, trance, dubstep and so on.

What is the sidechain

The sidechain is applied when a sound modificate another sound. The sidechain compression is usually about ducking. It’s sound became popular with the french producer.

You can notice that the sidechain is applied when you hear the level of a bass or a synthesizer decreasing when the kick is played.
A famous example is the track Technologic from Daft Punk

Another good example is the track Chain Saw from Gee Van D

Sidechain compression for dummies:

For the purpose of the tutorial, we are going to see the most simple example of sidechain: Kick and Bass.

Let’s assume that we have 2 channels: the kick and the bass. We want to use the sidechain in order to decrease the volume of the bass when the click is played. In this way we can keep the total output volume higher and have a higher RMS level without clipping when the kick is added to the bass.

To do so, in the bass channel you need to insert a compressor. To enable the sidechain compression, click on the arrow in the top left corner, then select the kick as input source.

At this point, you can set the parameters of ratio, attack and release. Also the¬†threshold is important: this allows you to control the amout of input that you’ll be using as sidechain parameter.

Here it is an example of how to set a basic sidechain compression in Ableton Live 9 using the native compressor:

 

ableton sidechain compression

This image is about a classic setting of sidechain compressor

 

Here it is a nice tutorial from Dubspot about how to use sidechain compression with Ableton:

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22 March 2014 Music Tutorial Read more

Ibiza Season 2014 – Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Ibiza summer season coming up!

Here the list of all the confirmed Opening Parties for Ibiza 2014 Season:

 

APRIL

  • saturday 5th – Nassau Beach Club Opening Party
  • friday 11th – Caf√® del Mar¬†main bar Opening Party
  • saturday 12th –¬†Blue Marlin 2014¬†Opening Party
  • saturday 26th – Hush¬†Opening Party

MAY

  • thursday 1st – The Ocean Beach Hotel¬†Opening Party
  • friday 2nd – Poolside Sessions¬†Opening Party at Ocean Beach Club
  • monday 12th – Cirque de la Nuit Boat & Pool Party¬†Opening Party
  • saturday 17th – The Es Paradis¬†Opening Party
  • tuesday 20th – Defected in the House¬†Opening Party at Boom
  • tuesday 2oth – Nikki Beach Ibiza Season Soft Opening 2014
  • wednesday 21st – The Sankeys¬†Opening Party (part 1)
  • thursday 22nd – The Sankeys Openg Party (part 2)
  • friday 23rd – The Ocean Beach Club¬†Opening Party
  • friday 23rd – Fiesta del Agua¬†Opening Party at Es Paradis
  • friday 23rd – INSANE¬†Opening Party at Pacha
  • friday 23rd – Caf√® del Mar outdoor terrace¬†Opening Party
  • saturday 24th – The Ushuaia¬†Opening Party
  • saturday 24th – Pure Pacha¬†Opening Party at Pacha
  • sunday 25th – Ibiza Spray¬†Opening Party at Ocean Beach Club
  • sunday 25th – The Space Opening Fiesta
  • sunday 25th – Solomun +¬†Opening Party at Pacha
  • monday 26th – Circo Loco¬†Opening Party at DC10
  • wednesday 28th – David Guetta FMIF¬†+ Pacha 67 Sailboat¬†Opening Party
  • wednesday 28th – The Zoo Project Presents Gala Night Opening 2014 at Gala Night
  • thursday 29th – F*** Me I’m Famous¬†Opening Party ¬†at Pacha
  • friday 30th – Ocean Pool Party¬†Opening Party at Ocean Beach Club
  • friday 30th – The Privilege¬†Opening Party
  • saturday 31st – Soul Heaven¬†Opening Party at Ocean Beach Club
  • saturday 31st – Amnesia¬†Opening Party

JUNE

  • sunday 1st – Sin Sundays¬†Opening Party at Ocean Beach Club
  • sunday 1st – VIVA Warriors¬†Opening Party at Sankeys
  • monday 2nd – Hed Kandi Beach House Pool Party¬†Opening Party at Ocean Beach Club
  • monday 2nd – Cocoon Ibiza¬†Opening Party at Amnesia
  • tuesday 3rd – Flower Power¬†Opening Party ¬†at Pacha
  • wednesday 4th – Ibiza Rocks The Boat – Wednesday¬†Opening Party
  • wednesday 4th – Dirtyfunk Ibiza Opening Boat Party
  • wednesday 4th – Lost in Ibiza Opening Boat Party
  • wednesday 4th – Ibiza Rocks¬†Opening Party at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
  • wednesday 4th – Ibiza Rocks After Show¬†Opening Party at Es Paradis
  • friday 6th – Ibiza Rocks The Boat – Friday¬†Opening Party
  • friday 6th – Pukka Up Sunset Opening Boat Party San Antonio – Friday
  • friday 6th – We Are Rockstars¬†Opening Party at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
  • saturday 7th – Noah’s Ark Opening Boat Party
  • saturday 7th – The Zoo Project Opening Party at Gala Night
  • saturday 7th – KehaKuma / Eirow Ibiza¬†Opening Party at Space
  • saturday th – Hed Kandi¬†Opening Party at Es Paradis
  • sunday 8th – Float Your Boat – We Love Official¬†Opening Boat Party Playa d’en Bossa
  • sunday 8th – Float Your Boat – We Love Official Opening Boat Party San Antonio
  • sunday 8th – We Love… Sundays¬†Opening Party at Space
  • tuesday 10th – Ibiza Sensations¬†Opening Party ¬†at Ocean Beach Club
  • tuesday 10th – Pukka Up VIP Daytime Opening Boat Party Ibiza Town – Tuesday
  • tuesday 10th – Pukka Up Sunset Opening Boat Party San Antonio – Tuesday
  • tuesday 10th – Together¬†Opening Party ¬†at Amnesia
  • wednesday 11th – Pull The Plug Acoustic Sessions¬†Opening Party at Ocean Beach Club
  • thursday 12th – Nikki Beach Ibiza 2o14 Season Opening White Party
  • thursday 12th – Cream Ibiza¬†Opening Party at Space
  • monday 16th – Caf√® Ol√® at Space
  • wednesday 18th – Ibiza Calling¬†Opening Party at Space
  • tuesday 24th – Float Your Boat – Carl Cox Official Opening Boat Party Playa d’en Bossa
  • tuesday 24th – Float Your Boat – Carl Cox Official Opening Boat Party San Antonio
  • tuesday 24th – Carl Cox – Music Is Revolution¬†Opening Party at Space
  • thursday 26th – A State of Trance¬†Opening Party at Ushuaia

JULY

  • thursday 3rd – ENTER.¬†Opening Party at Space
  • monday 7th – Driftwood Opening Boat Party
  • monday 21st – Colours Presents: Ibiza Sessions Boat Parties 2014¬†Opening Party

10 March 2014 Clubbing Read more

Pic of the day #4

In the dark days, when everything seems be wrong… turn on the music and DANCE!

26 February 2014 Pic of the day Read more

Pic of the day #3

The music follow us every day, since we wake up till we go to sleep. The music gives us energy, emotions, follows us in every moment of our life… and it’s unthinkable to stay a day without.

…And you, are you able to imagine a day without?

25 February 2014 Pic of the day Read more

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