Aug 12, 2018
In Mixing & Mastering
Have you ever had problems with your mix where the kick and bass sound very mushed up, and this makes your mix very muddy ? A simple solution could be Side-Chaining (or Ducking). Lets say you have signal A (which is your Kick), and signal B (which is your Bass). You can side-chain signal B to signal A, so when signal A (the kick) is playing signal B's (the Bass) volume drops at that point. This is a simple solution to fix any conflicts between your kick and bass. But don't limit side-chaining to just this examples, Think bigger. This works with any two signals, for exampleI compress my bussed delay to my main vocal track. So while my main/ lead vocals are playing my delays are side-chained, but the moment they stop the delays volume is automatically increased. This is a good example, so it makes my mix less muddy with delays all over the place, and it allows my vocals to be clearly without drastically affecting the overall level of the delay. If you want to be more technical, instead of side-chaining the overall volume of a signal. You could side-chain the frequencies of the signal. The advantage of doing this is that you maintain the level of signal B and only side-chain the specific frequency that's clashing with signal A.