Posts Tagged ‘sidechaining’

A gated reverb is a technique to create thick snares, without cluttering your sound negatively with a long reverb tail.

This sound was made very popular in the 80’s. I guess, we all remember this classic track from Phil Collins, a perfect example for gated reverb in music production.

Over the years, this sound has been produced and used and now it’s time to revitalise this technique and integrate it in on your own production.

This technique can be done in any DAW. All you need is a reverb and a gate. (more…)

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

It’s now my 42nd week at the Benztown studios, so it’s the 42nd issue of my production diary, where I share all the things I learned every week.

Finding the right drums can be a freaking pain. Sometimes there are days, I skip through my whole drum sample library and I just don’t find the right one. The kicks might sound sweet, but that punch is missing.

Here’s a short tutorial how to create that punchy bottom on your own without layering kicks. You just need a low frequency sine wave and a gate, which is able to sidechain and you’re redy to go.

See how, I add some deep bass to these kicks in the track below.


He recently won the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs voting. He’s on tour all over the world in the biggest clubs. Every track he works on, becomes a worldwide chart hit. He’s the most popular and successful DJ/Producer in Pop and Electronic Music at the moment. You know who I am talking about ….who’s that b****….Yeah. David Guetta!

Today, me and Oli my partner and head of composing at Benztown, show you how to create pumping beats like David Guetta. All you need is a compressor that is able to sidechain. Enter The Sidechain Prince Pt.2!

David Guetta Beats for your production! Check David’s personalized Benztown Intro :).

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

It’s now the 40th episode of my Production Diary. Since 40 weeks I’m learning everything about radio imaging and production from Andy, Oli, Fabi, the rest of the Benztown crew and our several guest authors of our blog.

Most DAWs have built in Noise Gates or just Gates. A Gate controls the volume of an audio signal. In the most simple form: a Gate allows an audio signal to pass when it’s above a certain threshold. It’s working similar to Strip Silence. A Gate is perfect for recording. You can easily eliminate annoying side noise.

To explain the whole function of a Gate would take too long for this post, so here’s the matching Wikipedia article, for those who are interested in the technical background of a Gate:

Today, I’m gonna show you how to use a Gate to build your own Arpeggiator. Not every synth has an Arpeggiator or they’re just uncomfortable to work with, so here’s my trick to build your own one. You just need a Gate, which is able to sidechain.

I’m gonna show you, how I created an Arpeggiator for this pad: