Basslines sidechained to the kick drum are a ubiquitous sound in contemporary dance music. Learn the best way to set up this essential effect in Ableton Live.

If you enjoyed this tutorial you might find our book ‘The Secrets of Dance Music Production’ a helpful resource for similar tutorials.

22nd June, 2012

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  • Gold …. Thanks for the insight!

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  • Worth mentioning that you can’t freeze a track that’s side chained because of the dynamic link to the side chain source. A good way around this is to route the output of the synth track to another output and sidechain that instead. That way you can still freeze the VST if needed to save on CPU.

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