Side-Chain in Lumit

 

First and foremost, Our compressor/expander and noise gate have three different settings for side-chain input. If you’re not familiar with side-chain or “ducking”, it often sounds like this…

 

 

 

Pre-FX  3

 

The compressor will grab the side-chain signal after its pre-gain stage but before its FX. On this setting, the compressor is “keyed” by the raw source. The advantage of this setting is the ability to process the external source without changing the amount of compression. In addition to this, there is the ability to drop the final gain stage of the source and still have “ducking”. This produces that “breathing” effect you hear in most trance and dance buildups without having to create a muted “ghost trigger” track as the source (an external key that is not audible).

 

 

 

Post-FX  1

 

The compressor will grab the side-chain signal after its FX but before its final mix and balance stage. Therefore on this setting, the compressor will be “keyed” by the affected output of the external side-chain source. So, if you have an effect on it that makes it louder, the compression will be stronger; and, if you have an effect on it that makes it quieter, the compression will be softer.

The advantage of this setting is the ability to use a processed external source as the key and the ability to drop the final gain stage of the source and still have “ducking”. Accordingly, this produces that “breathing” effect you hear in most trance and dance buildups without having to create a muted “ghost trigger” track as the source (an external key that is not audible). In this example, the amount of side-chaining adapts to the automation of the kick’s filter cutoff.

 

 

 

Post-Mixer  2

 

The compressor will grab the side-chain signal after its final gain and balance stage. On this setting, the compressor will be “keyed” by final output of the external side-chain source. The advantage of this setting is the ability to use a processed external source as the key and the ability to control the side-chain effect with final gain fader of that external source. Notice in this example, how the side-chained instruments return to their non-compressed, non-ducking, levels as the I bring down the final output of the kick. This can be a cool effect too.