Fellow Cubase users and experts…
I just realised, again, that I do not really understand side-chaining, let alone it’s creative
I have many questions on that I suppose, but, “one step at a time”. (Less than 2yrs ago I didn’t know what and where a “C” on a keybord was, let alone WHAT a DAW or a Hi-hat was!!!
So, take it “slowly”…
I suppose my “MAIN-question” would be, “how does the signal-flow work” when “activating” and “de-activating” a plug-in’s sidechain function? (Is there a graphical representation of it on the Net? I couldn’t find any.)
Let’s use the single-band compressor as an example…
I do understand, basically, what the compressor does. (It reduces dynamics - the difference between the peaks and the softer parts.)
OK, so here’s the scenario:
I send an instrument to a Group/FX channel and insert a compressor. I can see the compressor doing its job - “GR” - “Gain Reduction”.
But as soon as I activate the side-chain button on the compressor the volume increases dramatically and the compressor ceases to do GR!
Furthermore, if I set (for example) a maximum 8/1 GR-Ratio and start reducing the threshold the volume increases even more!
…I do understand that if I send another instrument to the side-chain, that that instrument will
trigger the compression-action.
I know, I’m just scratching the surfuce here, barely.
… Feel free to elaborate on other uses thoug/aspects though.
Thank you for taking the TiME and INTEREST to teach!