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In this first video of a three-part series focusing on sidechain compression, Dubspot course designer and Ableton Live expert Steve Nalepa introduces some creative ways to use the concept of sidechain compression. The popular technique of sidechaining has been used in a number of different ways by audio engineers and electronic music producers such as Daft Punk, Justice, Baths, Nosaj Thing, and many many others. In part 2 Professor Nalepa demonstrates how to use the Sidechain feature on Live’s Compressor to help drum sounds cut through the mix better by creating a simple dubstep drum pattern and a group of synths that overpower the kick and snare.

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Ableton Live Tutorial: Sidechain Compression Pt. 1 w/ Steve Nalepa