Manual Side-Chaining in Ableton Live and Logic Pro

You may have already discovered how to sidechain in Ableton Live & Logic Pro, so what next? Manual side-chaining can add more as Gary Hiebner demonstrates.  

I'm sure you have all read a few articles on how to go about creating side-chaining effects. You can get some great results, but what is more interesting is when you create these side-chains edits manually. This way you have more control over the effect, but it does require a bit more work. I find that more interesting results can be had with this technique. I will take you through the steps on how to achieve this in Logic and Ableton, but the same principles can be applied in other DAWs as well.

Step 1 '" Creating Manual Side-Chaining in Logic

I have written a simple drum loop using Ultrabeat. This is what the loop sounds like:

And here is the MIDI note pattern of the beat.

MIDI Pattern

Next, I am going to create a new instance of the ES2 Instrument. I have called up the '

Gary Hiebner is an enthusiastic South African Sound Designer and Apple Tech Head! Gary has been involved in the South African music industry for the decade, and in this time has also been involved in the sound design and music production for many advertising agencies and media houses. Gary is a devoted Logic and Ableton user, but he al... Read More


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