This plugin seems interesting, but does anyone know if there are downsides to using it over a traditional sidechain method? https://www.kickstart-plugin.com/
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same thing but traditional gives u more control cuz u can sidechain anywhere based on a triggar vs. something like lfotool/kickstart being exactly 4/4 (unless u automate the on/off but i digress)
Both Kickstart and LFOtool allow you to trigger by midi.
You can make it trigger by MIDI. Kickstart has a limit to shapes iirc though, can't draw custom shapes. Sometimes limitations can be good though, especially if you're a bit new to producing, atleadt you can't really fuck up that way.
I would really recommend VolumeShaper over Kickstart. Both are made by Cableguys and VolumeShaper is like the big brother of Kickstart. It has a lot more control; such as splitting the sound in three different bands and creating your own envelopes.
Kickstart is very kick oriented.. and is very good for that purpose. It doesn't offer a versatile compression opsions other than the presets it has. For sidecaining other sounds I would use either nativer compressor or thr LFO tool which is really good for sculpting your sound.
Are volume automation clips a viable option?
I use Kickstart all the time when I'm just trying to work as quickly as possible and get the idea fleshed out, or if it's just the simpliest of sidechain jobs. Earlier today I did the manual method because I needed to sidechain one plucky synth to a pad synth in which the dominant plucky one had chords on the down beat and on some up beats. 90% of the time Kickstart or LFO Tool are probably all you need.
Not sure if I understand the question . Basically an automation clip is the same as an envelope. Sidechaining is also the same with the big difference that it is created automatically (triggered) by another sound that determines the shape of the sidechained sound.
best thing to sidechaining a track is to use a multi band dynamic EQ like C6 from waves you can have control of all your frequencies without to have the typical 2000's side chain !
so you can add a track for example the kick that will sidechaining on a precise freq on bass
I got it recently. Not a huge fan. I think sidechain sounds more organic. It may be helpful for workflow purposes for some but I use Live so sidechaining is already pretty quick and easy.
Thanks for the responses everyone!