Create a pumping, dynamic dancemix
Applying extreme amounts of
compression to mixed drums, then
triggering the compressor with an
individual drum via sidechaining,
“smashes” the drum mix when the
individual drum hits but otherwise
leaves the drums alone.
■ Step 3: Turning
Gain above +4.5dB
makes the track
sound even more
■ Step 3: Reducing
the Release limits
effect to a smaller
“window” of the
Step 1 Set up your basic signal path: Drums (e.g., ReDrums) stereo out > RV-7
Reverb in > RV-7 Reverb out > MClass Compressor in > MClass Compressor out
> Line Mixer1 in > Line Mixer master out to Mix channel.
Step 2 Set up your sidechaining (for clarity, previous patch cords not
shown): Send ReDrum’s snare solo outs to the Spider Audio Splitter
in. Send one Splitter out to Line Mixer 2 in, so you can mix the snare
audio back in with the drums. Send another Splitter out to the MClass
Compressor Sidechain In so the snare provides the sidechain signal.
Step 3 Hit the Tab key to flip the rack around. For the maximum
effect, turn the MClass compressor Ratio to at least 16:1 and Release
to maximum, Input Gain to +4.5, and Threshold and Attack to
minimum. When the snare hits, the gain-reduction meter should go
way down. Adding reverb emphasizes the pumping effect; the control
settings shown are a good starting point. Adjust the Line Mixer channel
1 and 2 controls for the desired blend of mixed drums and the individual
snare sound, respectively.
Listen to a drum loop with and