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Mixing in Pro Tools®: Skill Pack, Second Edition by Brian Smithers

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Chapter 11. Advanced Dynamics

In Chapter 2, “Dynamics,” you saw the power of compressors, expanders, limiters, and gates to control the dynamics of your mix. In this chapter, you’ll combine that with the flexibility of buses to come up with some new dynamics tricks. First, I’ll show you how to use the dynamics of one part to control another part using a side-chain input. Then, I’ll show you how to break the fundamental rules of signal flow to apply compression in a novel way.

Side-Chain Processing

Some dynamics processors, especially compressors and gates, have an additional input called a side-chain, or key input. When signal is received at the key input, the processor’s detection circuit responds to that signal instead of the audio signal passing ...

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