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Introducing Instant Sidechain: The Secret Sauce Behind Radio-Ready Music

April 5, 2024 | Soundtrap

Instant Sidechain UI in Soundtrap

We're thrilled to announce the arrival of a much-requested new feature in the Soundtrap studio: Instant Sidechain. 

The process of Sidechaining is frequently used in electronic music genres such as EDM, Trap, Dance, and Pop, mainly for its ability to create the signature "pumping" effect heard in these genres.  

The Instant Sidechain effect in Soundtrap can be used in different ways to make your sounds sit together smoothly in the mix. 

It’s a mixing tool first, but also a creative tool that can be used on every song to infuse more dynamics and pulsating rhythms, elevating your sound to new heights.

Listen to the example below where we've applied Instant Sidechain to the bass line, log drum, and vocal track.

3 creative ways to use Instant Sidechain

1. Do you want your music to physically move people? Instant Sidechain helps you create pumping rhythms in your songs that make it impossible to sit still

Add the flavor of Sidechain to your instruments or vocals and you’re sure to see some heads start bopping when you press play on your latest track. ‘

2. Are you a vocalist and want to add something extra to your voice? Instant Sidechain helps you create wavy effects on vocals and turn them into an instrument of their own. 

Experiment with the effect on your backing vocals or harmonies, make it pulsate to the beat of the song, and elevate it to new dynamic dimensions.

3. Are you a creative out-of-the-box thinker and want a tool to express yourself? Instant Sidechain is a fun and creative effect that can be used in countless ways to add flavor and energy to your tracks. 

Pull it up on any track and explore the ways you can add your creative twist to the sound. 

Read more: Create Better Mixes: Sidechain Compression Explained

Sidechaining made simple

What truly sets Instant Sidechain in Soundtrap apart is its unparalleled simplicity. 

Users can fine-tune the sidechain effect with just two settings to perfectly complement their track, without the hassle of complex configurations usually seen in other DAWs and plugins. 

Best of all, Instant Sidechain is now available exclusively to Soundtrap users with premium subscriptions. 

Whether you're a seasoned producer or just starting out, Instant Sidechain offers a seamless way to take your music to the next level.

Experience the power of Instant Sidechain and unlock a world of dynamic possibilities in your music. Step into the studio today and start making waves with Soundtrap.

Your journey to sonic excellence begins here.

*Instant Sidechain is part of our New Feature Friday Rollout, where we’re releasing one new feature every Friday for 4 weeks. 

How to create Pumping effect in EDM using Sidechain with Adam Siana

New Feature Friday Rollout

March 22, 2024: Vocal Doubler

March 29, 2024: Chords

April 5, 2024: Instant Sidechain

April 12, 2024: Smart Drummer

Soundtrap — the online music studio

Making music is more than just a hobby — it’s a form of self-expression, a way to unleash your creativity, and a means for you to bring your unique voice to the world.

Soundtrap is the ultimate audio production software for music makers and producers to easily collaborate and create music online, with thousands of audio loops, instruments, and samples only a click away. 

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