If you’ve been listening to electronic dance music for a while, I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed that “pumping” sound that a majority of the songs have – especially in house and trance music.
You can hear how the pads, the leads, and the bass line get sucked down every beat of a kick drum. That’s sidechain compression in action, and it plays a huge role in modern dance music.
Sidechain compression is a technique where the level of one audio signal controls the amount of compression applied to a second audio signal. That is how you create that – often called – “ducking” sound. In dance music, it’s common to sidechain the kick drum to a bass line, pads and/or a lead section to create that pumping effect.
In the video tutorial, I will show you how you can easily create sidechain compression in FL Studio. I’ve also attached an FL Studio project file (.flp) where the sidechain compression is all set. Download and open it to start experimenting. You’re going to need at least FL Studio 9.1 to be able to open it.