VST sidechaining and audio audition


I want to know if this is a good way of handling VST sidechaning with audio audition.


I have a channel with a kick drum.

This channel is going to be used as a sidechain input for another channel with a bass.

I have a VST compressor pluging with sidechain possibility.

When I route the audio from the kickdrum to the plugin input, the ouput stops from de kickdrum channel because ther audio routed to the VST plugin.

I did the following in Live:

I created a clean send channel and turned the send from the kickdrum to that send channel to max, then I can still hear the kick while it is being used as a sidechain output for the bass.

Is this a way to deal with my case?


Thanks for reading,




mnieuwhof 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    If you have a plugin with side chain options, you should be able to select the side chain input channel of the plugin. If you select the drum channel, it will use this signal as a side chain trigger without changing anything on the drum track itself. So you can still hear the drum channel AND use it as a sidechain signal. Try it on Live's built in compressor. It has the same function.

    Another option would be to copy the drum channel, set the output to "send only" and use that as a side chain trigger.

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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