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Superior Sounds with Gate Side-Chaining


Why can’t I get complex sounds like I hear on my favorite electronic records? I ask myself this all the time, and then I remember that it’s all about coloring your painting. In this tutorial I’ll discuss a layering technique that involves using a gate and some side-chaining action.

Let’s say you have some hi hats that sound stale, sample-like, and lifeless. A good technique is to grab an acoustic drum loop and let it be triggered only on those hits where the hi hats happen. You can do the same with a kick drum, a snare, a synth pad, or anything you can think of. Be different and creative!

Check out the tutorial and see for yourself how the sounds totally thicken up and become something totally superior. Enjoy!


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