I've been sidechaining on tracks for a decent amount of time and I really don't want to be going into pedantry either, but most of the time people aren't using it for mixing purposes only. I've mentioned the ways you'd more likely to use it in that circumstance. It's more of a stylistic choice now unless you're very subtle, or you're ducking individual bands.clubbedtodeath wrote:Re-read my post; you'll find it's both. But let us not digress into pedantry.tekkentool wrote:Also sidechaining is really good but isn't really a layering technique. I've always seen it as more of a stylistic decision. [ ... ]
Ned - typically, it's the kick drum and bass-line that compete for frequencies. Therefore you sidechain the kick track to the bassline track compressor, so that the bassline volume ducks down when the kick comes in. It's pretty straightforward to use, but I prefer parallel compression.
Not to mention that no matter which way you twist it around, it's not really a drum LAYERING technique either....