Arlo explores the fundamentals of side chain compression, a dynamics process that can make your tunes 'pump'!
A side chain, in biochemistry, is a component of a molecule that is attached to a core structure. But this isn't biochemistry.
When WE talk about side chain, we talk about a signal routing method, mostly employed to activate an effect from a separate channel. This means for example, you can use the dynamics of one channel to activate a compressor on another.
It's used in abundance with house music at the moment and it's a great trick to learn, because it can add new life to you mixes. Rather than mixing everything 'around' everything else, you can make certain channels demand their space in the mix.
This example shows a kick drum side chained, to a compressor on some synth pads.