JRocker wrote:Does anyone know if SOS or any online site have any tutorials for Send/returns/Sidechains for dummies? Something that makes it easy to understand and with diagram or photo examples (I use Cubase)? I've done some reading into this to try and understand but the subject still confuses the hell out of me. Everything I read seems to not be for a layman.
Well, #1 They aren't the same thing.
Send return is like this: Say you are in the hospital and on an I.V drip. The I.V cuts into your bloodstream, before the needle, there's just blood. After the needle, there is blood and saline solution.
But cutting into the flow and adding something you changed the thing being sent down the pipe.
It's a little different in audio because the signal it's self actually or partially goes into the new line and come back altered.
Just think of this. Pipe of water, waters flowing along, somebody cuts into the pipe and installs another pipe that goes to a box of dirt then returns to the pipe. They have a valve on the new pipe that dictates the amount of water let in to flow through their dirt box.
Just think of it as hacking, you are hacking into your signal. On a straight send/return the entire signal is being rerouted into the dirt box before it comes back altered.
Does that make sense?
Sidechaining is where you let a different source trigger the action of a device on a track. Say you have a Bass. You put a compressor on that bass. But instead of the bass its self causing the compressor to act on it, you have "Sidechained" it to another device say a kick drum, not the KICK DRUM controls the compressor on the bass.
Sidechaining is also used in the de-esing. You might "sidechain" an EQ through a compressor.
Or anytime you want to be selective about the frequencies that trigger your device (Compressor, gate) You patch an EQ into the sidechain. This will not be sending your sound through the EQ, What it will be doing is attenuating the signal based on any frequency passing the threshold.
So, if you want to cut 5k at a certain point, patch an EQ into your sidechain and BOOST 5k
Now any 5k on your signal will trigger the, say compressor first, so you are taking certain instruments or vocals down at 5k strategically.
Also, some compressors come with a high pass sidechain filter. This is so you can ask it to ignore the more highly powered lower frequencies, say anything under 100hz, you would do this to avoid pumping.
Hope this helped.