I’m lucky because I often get to record multiple musicians in a tracking room and while I can see them thru the glass, its next to impossible to hear them in the control room even if they shout. I’m not complaining about that for sure.
I usually set up an omni mic in the center of the tracking room for Talkback communication so the ones without vocal mics can communicate back to me between takes. The gain is pretty high so that I can hear people in the room well and I compress it so that I can hear all of them evenly. This part works fine.
The problem is I need to manually mute the the channel each time we do a take or else there is that mic becomes a way too loud room element in the mix.
What I really want is a ducking gate that closes on the room mic when there is signal present from any of the tracking inputs.
I tried the gate which comes with cubase and enabled sidechain and keyed it from the track but unfortunately the key only seems to open when signal is fed to it. I want it to do the opposite, ie. close the gate.
Thoughts, other idea?