Tutorial: Sidechaining in Ableton Live 8
Ableton is probably the DAW with the easiest way to create the thumping/pumping effect of sidechaining. You hear this effect in heaps of today’s dance music.
This is what we will create today:
Start with loading up a string instrument in a midi track. I chose “Stringmelody” from the Strings folder for this tutorial. Add a compressor by clicking and dragging from the Audio effects library to the track. Leave the compressor as it is for now. Add a midi clip by right clicking the first slot in the track and choose
Next add an Impulse drum rack and add a standard kick drum to the first box. There are some kick samples in the standard library, which one you choose doesn’t matter.
Add a midi-clip to the Impulse channel and create a standard 4/4 beat with the pen tool:
After you added the beats you can mute the Impulse track. You don’t need the beats sounding to get the sidechain effect.
Go back to the string instrument. In the compressor window click the small arrow next to where its says “Compressor” to extend additional options. Activate sidechain by clicking so it turns to yellow. Choose “Audio from” to the Impulse. Adjust the threshold meter to get desired pumping effect, you can also adjust the output meter to get desired volume. These are my settings for this clip:
Please let me know if you succeeded in the comments below! Have fun!