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How to Sidechaining with Envelope Follower in Ableton

How to Sidechaining with Envelope Follower in Ableton


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hey everybody what's up welcome to sample sound my name is guido i'm over from cat and beats and i have mixing tips for you yay i can already hear you screaming out of joy anyway today we're going to be talking about sidechaining and a type of sidechaining that nobody on youtube has shown yet so that's pretty cool right you're going to learn something completely new make sure that if you're into these types of tips to subscribe to sample sound of course also go over to cat beats on my youtube channel there subscribe there too you might see some more tips all right so a little shameless plug there now in ableton there's this handy little area over here called uh max for life but we also have another one called audio effects now in audio effects you have modulators and you have this one thing called envelope follower and what you can do with that is you can take an envelope follower and you can put it on any channel you want and map this to any other channel you want so what does that entitle well check this out i have put this together really fast let's have a little listen and this is from the sample sound library or one of the here called obeat records check it out sounds nice and thick especially if you compare it to the non-mixed version

oh nice and juicy right so i did a little bit of a mixing thing for that and let me show you the main mixing secret ingredient for that so i've put an envelope follower on the kick drum let's actually solo some things out okay so i've put an envelope follower on the kick drum but that's over here yeah and then what you can do is you can click the map button so then you map the kick over on the sub and then every single time the kick hits

only a specific frequency gets ducked because what i want with this track is a nice thick low end now what you normally find in any genre really is that somebody will take a compressor and i'm just going to show you the difference in sound takes the compressor and puts it on the whole base group as a total right turns off the kick duck thing and we have this over here we're going to press side chain go over to the kick drum and then you know do heavy side chaining like you know like whatever like this and then take the threshold down

but then sometimes the kick just i mean the low end just disappears and it's like the [ __ ] is this this might be cool for like you know housy stuff where you need to four to the floor type of feeling but or like super hard like lo-fi hip-hop stuff but for this

i really want my low end to be thick

and play on through so let me just show you how to set that up and also give you a little concept behind everything i'm just going to delete this and i'm going to delete actually i'll keep that there for now so first and foremost you find out what the fundamental frequency is of the kick you can just do that via looking here you can open it up like that boop boop look in there binding and looking there like okay fundamental frequency is around 42 hertz ish yeah okay great good job then you take an envelope follower you can just write envelope follower or go via the route i just showed you so we're gonna go envelope follower put it on there great then we're gonna change this to 50 and this to zero that's the first one and we're going to click on map leave the map on go to the sub frequency which is already set here and go to the gain knob oh i i've mapped this already to another one okay let's just set this one then we're going to set this to 42 hertz and then we're going to map the gain knob all right and now it doesn't work fantastic oh cause i mapped it to gain number two okay hold on [ __ ] [ __ ]

that's it

now if you find yourself thinking hey wait a minute

that you know 7 db of gain reduction is a little bit too much then what you can do is go over to the kick knob and just take the gain down but that's no side chaining

and set it to where you vibe right you can also adjust the rise and fall so how fast the track gets adjusted and it's really nice to then make it really natural sounding if you want to go that route so give that a shot and on top of all this you can also map way more things to the same kick drum for instance if you have more than one bass thing going on like a percussion you can also map that and you can map you know anything you want now also this is the main take a whole take away message here you know how you have like nectar pro right now or nectar 3 and there it has an unmasking situation if i for instance have a vocal playing what i can do is take my entire frequency so let's just pretend we have some vocals we can take my entire frequency so the vocals are playing here in the mid right you go to mid side mode and you just say to your melodics that you move the melodics out of the way so the leads out of the way when your vocals are playing in the middle because most likely your vocals are going to be playing in the middle and this is then an incredibly intelligent adjustment to have an extremely clear mix with a envelope follower all right so that's the video and that's the concept you can use it for any frequencies that are going to be over each other for any genre you want and put it into any track that you want to get a really nice clear track now again my name was guido i'm over from cat and beats helping the guys with from sample sound make sure to subscribe to this channel give it a like as well if you have any questions just leave it in the comment section below i'll actually be hanging out with you too and if you want come over to my channel too give it a subscribe and a like and it's much appreciated alright take care peace out and have a great day

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