What are some creative ways to use sidechain compression?

I typically use sidechain compression to duck my bass out of the way when my kick plays, freeing up space in the mix. What are some more creative ways that you’ve found yourself using sidechain compression?

Some creative ways to use sidechain compression include:

  1. Pulsing synths or pads: By sidechaining a compressor to the kick drum, you can create a pumping effect that makes your synths or pads pulse in time with the beat.
  2. Vocal ducking: Use sidechain compression to duck the volume of instrumental parts (such as synths or pads) whenever the vocal comes in, to create a clearer and more defined vocal sound.
  3. Bassline groove: Sidechain the bassline to the kick drum to create a groove that accentuates the rhythm of the track.
  4. Reverse effect: Use a reversed sound as the sidechain trigger, so that the compressed track swells up in volume as the reversed sound fades out.
  5. Reverb/delay pumping: Use sidechain compression to create a pumping effect on your reverb or delay sends, so that they “breathe” in time with the beat.

These are just a few examples of the many creative ways you can use sidechain compression in your music productions. Experimentation is key, and don’t be afraid to try out new and unusual ideas!