Finally upgraded to Cubase 8, and one of the main things I’ve been looking forward to is using the multiband compressor to reduce just the low frequencies of the bass with the kick as a trigger.
However, it’s not as straightforward as I thought, the manual doesn’t really help, and can’t find a decent tutorial anywhere - I really have RTFM and utilised the power of Google before posting this!
I have no problem sidechaining with the regular compressor - insert on bass track, activate it’s sidechain input, send kick to it. However with the multiband, you’ve also got the “SC” drop-down section at the bottom, and this is what I’m not quite understanding yet.
In order to sidechain, it seems you need to activate not just the sidechain input button at the top, but also the sidechain button(s) at the bottom for whichever band(s) you want to sidechain. OK, this makes sense, I guess you might want to have eg only one band triggered by a sidechain, the others to be triggered as normal by the signal from track it’s inserted on.
But what’s with the freq and q-factor knobs?? The manual says it’s a filter, but doesn’t say what sort - from the sound of it, I’m guessing a bandpass. The Q sounds like it’s adding resonance tho as you turn it clockwise, not narrowing the band. And what’s the thinking behind having this filter? Is it so you can use a complete drum loop as the trigger (or the entire, processed, drum bus), and just select e.g. a freq that centres in on where the kick is (so as to not trigger the compressor with e.g. the snare hits)? If I’ve already isolated the kick to use as a trigger though, what’s the point of this filter, and how should I approach setting it?
So I guess the main questions I’m asking are:
to sidechain a certain band, is the correct setup to activate the sidechain input button at the top, and the sidechain button for the chosen band at the bottom (in the SC drop down section)?
What type of filter are you setting the freq and Q for (in this same SC drop down section)?
What exactly is the point behind this filter? Is it, as I surmised earlier, for isolating (eg) the kick out of a drum loop/bus, or does it have some application if the trigger already is just a kick?
Hope that all makes sense…