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Using Sidechain Compression for Dynamic Delays

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Ducking Your Delays Out Of The Way

It's easy to have too much of a good thing, especially when that good thing is delay! Automating every single second of a delay send is tedious and unnecessary work, that’s why the recording gods gave us tools like compressors and expanders with sidechain inputs to do our work for us.

Ben Lindell shows you one of the best tricks for containing the spray of echos and fit your delay returns perfectly into the vocal gaps, no automation required. This technique helps you keep your mix from getting too washy, cloudy, busy or over-processed.

In this tutorial Ben works in Presonus Studio One but this technique applies to any DAW.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Achieve more clarity with your delays
  • Easily obtain a natural sounding balance between the delays and the dry vocal
  • Flip the trick around to an expander and gain dynamic control ove the delay tail
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Freddie Cosmo - Floating on Air on iTunes or Spotify

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Ben Lindell

Ben is a NYC based producer/engineer who has worked with artists from MGMT to Soulja Boy, Bebel Giberto to Lloyd Banks, Ryan Leslie, Olivia, Tony Yayo, Red Cafe, Edie Brickell, Carole Pope and hundreds of other artists from around the world. He grew up in Iowa and then attended the University of Miami.

In addition to being a fantastic musician he is also a tremendous geek when it comes to anything technical, be it software, plug-ins, microphones or outboard gear. It's this marriage of musical creativity and technical know-how that makes him an in demand producer/engineer.

Ben is also the Director of Marketing at pureMix.net, feel free to reach out to him directly, ben@puremix.net

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Soulja Boy

Wale

Kelly Rowland

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alex22watts
2018 Feb 14
Thanks, great example and explanation.
leonardoroa
2018 Jan 20
amazing little teqcnique. beautiful. thanks
prula
2017 Dec 08
Thank you! Very intersting!!
LSDXERXES
2017 Mar 26
Thanks, man! It's an open mind tutorial! Can't wait to try them up!
G.MICHAELHALL
2017 Mar 23
Hey Ben, You really ought to be making more and more videos..this is another excellent example of your concise to the point approach to mentoring. Be well man,g
isaac acevedo
2016 May 27
Excelente video, gracias por compartir esos conocimientos
G-Pizzy
2016 Apr 27
Ben your a treasure...thanks!
rswadhawan@gmail.com
2016 Mar 23
Ben thanks for this nice tutorial...it is great
wrharrison
2016 Mar 20
Clear, concise and practical. Excellent work, Ben.
nesto
2015 Dec 25
1 of mine fav videos ..wish if could create playlist
KingJ91
2015 Oct 18
Awesome. Love the effects. BTW which song is this?
iLL DB
2015 Sep 30
Right on Ben. Thank you!
5corde
2015 Apr 30
Excellent lesson, very useful. Thanks a lot.
Slick_64
2015 Feb 01
nice! def gonna use it in my next tracks!
dsquared
2015 Jan 27
Nice.
BrunoM
2014 Dec 04
Ben, great easy trick with loads of options… gotta give a try. Thanks
tabletopdrummer
2014 Nov 28
VERY Cool! I would like to learn more about side chaining. Thanks!
yitzchokgreen
2014 Nov 27
a++++ WOW
dblshrp
2014 Nov 26
Nice trick! I'll be sure to use that! I always like how Ben explains stuff. And he always seems to offer more than one thing in his tutorials (here, sidechain compression and sidechain expansion). Thanks for the great stuff!
Fbhall
2014 Nov 25
great stuff, Ben!
pearlpassion
2014 Nov 20
Excellent explanation...Thanks for this.
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