Use sidechaining to trigger effects in novel ways
OBJECTIVE: Use the audio characteristics of one track to trigger effects in a different track.
BACKGROUND: VST 3.0 effects with sidechaining capabilities can process one track while accepting a
control/trigger signal from another track. In this example, we’ll control a wah’s filter frequency (that’s processing
guitar) from a drum part’s dynamics.
1 Open the guitar track’s Inspector, then click
on “Inserts.” In the Select Effect Type field,
insert Cubase 5’s VST 3.0 WahWah plug-in.
2 Click on the Wah Wah
insert’s “e” (edit) button.
When the WahWah
interface appears, click
on the “Activate Side-
3 Open the drum track’s
4 Click in a Select Send
Destination field for the
drums, then select the
this case, WahWah.
5 Click on the Send’s “power” button to
activate it, then adjust the Send Level
for the desired amount of interaction
with the WahWah.
6 Adjust the WahWah parameters
for the desired effect.
• Step 1: Cubase 5 effects with sidechaining capabilities include Delay, Dynamics, Modulation, and Filter.
• Step 4: If other sidechain-friendly effects are inserted, they’ll also show up as available send destinations.
• Step 5: The orange button next to the power button indicates a pre-fader send, so the drum track’s
control signal will be constant regardless of its fader setting. Clicking on the orange button changes the
mode to post-fader, where pulling down the fader also reduces the send level.