Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals

Ducking reverbs using side-chaining with vocals. Old school technique for cleaning vocal lines and managing spoken word in broadcasting.


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Let me show you how we set up and use side-chaining to duck reverb effects on vocals so as to achieve clarity and space.

Topics covered in the video:

  • How to clean vocal channels using band-pass equalisation
  • Ducking reverbs using the s/c of a compressor
  • Side-chain compression on effects and how to set it up
  • Filtering for optimum clarity and cleanliness
  • Peak versus RMS selection for the compressor mode
  • Bleeding reverbs and how to control them