Sidechain Compression Using FabFilter’s Pro-C 2


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“What features of ⁢FabFilter’s Pro-C 2 make it ideal for sidechain ⁤compression?”

Mastering ​the​ art of ⁣audio production and mixing isn’t an ‌overnight ‌journey. ⁢It’s a procedural approach​ that‌ requires the ‍knowledge of various aspects and the correct use of tools. Among ‍the numerous techniques‌ that a sound engineer or music producer needs to understand is sidechain compression. In this article, we’ll journey into the world ⁣of sidechain⁣ compression using FabFilter’s‌ renowned Pro-C 2 compressor plugin.

What is Sidechain ‍Compression?

Before⁣ we delve ‌directly into using the ⁣Pro-C 2, it’s essential to ‍first ⁢understand what ⁣sidechain compression is. In simple terms, sidechain⁢ compression, also ⁣known as ‘ducking,’ is a⁤ mixing method that decreases the level of one audio⁤ signal based on the ⁢volume of another​ audio signal. This technique⁢ is ​commonly ⁤used ⁢to ensure that the base and kick drum don’t overlap, and vocals are⁢ not overshadowed by the instrumental.

FabFilter‌ Pro-C 2: An overview

FabFilter Pro-C 2 is⁢ a premium quality compressor plugin ‍renowned⁣ for its transparency, flexibility, granularity, and ‌innovative interface.‌ It offers a wide array of advanced features like look-ahead ‍functionality, hold, knee, range, and different compression styles. Its fully customizable sidechain routing and processing options make it a fitting tool ⁤for perfect sidechain compression.

FabFilter Pro-C2⁢ Plugin

Setting‌ up Sidechain ‌Compression‌ with Pro-C 2

Step 1: Setting up the‍ Pro-C 2 Plugin

First, ⁤insert ‌the FabFilter Pro-C 2 on‍ the track that needs compression ​(we’ll call this ‘the music track’). Open Pro-C 2 and select your desired compression style from the Style selection pane. While each style has its unique touch, the ‘Punch’ style often works well with Sidechain compression.

Step 2: Routing the Key Input

The ‌next step is ⁢to⁣ route⁣ the‌ ‘keying’ track (the track which ​triggers the‍ compressor) to the sidechain input of Pro-C‌ 2. This ‍typically involves selecting ​the ‘keying’ ​track ​as a sidechain input source within the Pro-C‍ 2​ settings.

Step 3: ⁢Setting Up​ the Sidechain EQ

Pro-C 2’s‍ innovative ‍features include the Sidechain EQ‌ section, which can significantly influence how the compressor ⁤responds ​to‍ different frequencies. Here, you can enable the EQ, create⁤ a bell-curve filter, ​and adjust the filter frequencies⁢ and ‍Q width to taste.

Step 4: Adjusting Compressor Settings

Finally, adjust the Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Release controls to achieve the desired pumping effect. Often, a quick Attack ​and a⁢ Release time matched to the⁣ song’s tempo ​work ⁤effectively, but feel free to experiment and‍ find what ​sounds best for your mix.

With these⁢ steps, you are well ​on ‌your‌ way to‍ achieving ⁤professional-grade sidechain compression using the FabFilter⁢ Pro-C 2. It’s an intricate process that might require several⁤ trials to master, but once done, it ‌is an ⁤invaluable tool⁤ in your audio production arsenal.


Sidechain compression is a fundamental technique in modern ⁢music production, and FabFilter Pro-C⁣ 2 makes⁢ this ⁢task more manageable and extremely versatile. With ‌a little practice ⁤and patience, ⁤you’ll master the art of sidechain compression using this fantastic plugin and elevate your mixes to a new ⁤level of professionalism.


For more information and tutorials on using FabFilter Pro-C 2, visit the⁣ official FabFilter website.