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Sean Street

Sidechain inputs in effects plugins not working

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Hey guys, I'm pretty stumped here.

I've watched several videos on how to set up sidechain compression in cakewalk. In my mixing session, I have the sonitus compressor in the effects bin on my bass track. On my kick drum track, I have a send to the side-chain input of the sonitus compressor.

When I open the compressor, there is no input showing on the meter during playback. Plugins all appear to be enabled, nothing is solo/muted. I have tried the exact setup with the pc4k in side chain mode, and downloaded MComp. Same results where the plugin appears active, but there is nothing coming through the input.

What is more bizarre is that, if I open a new session with just a kick and bass track, sidechaining works and I get the bass ducking whenever the kick drum hits.

Am I missing something as to why the side-chain input would be inactive in a larger session?

Thanks!

 

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That's looking increasingly likely. I discovered that my sends aren't delivering any input to my other plugins either, despite routing looking correct.

I will try migrating the project to a new template and see where along (if at all) the line the sends become unusable. If it all works I guess that means my session was corrupted. Thanks

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Update:

 

It has been 3 months. I'm still finding that, part way through a project, the sidechain inputs of my plugins become irreversibly inactive.

It works well for multiple days/saves. Then I will, at one point or another, notice that there is no input on my sidechain effects. Suuuuper frustrating!

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Thanks!!

They got back to me right away looking for more info. Here's hoping it leads to an update that helps other people who are having issues with sends dropping out.

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UPDATE:

The issue seems to have been resolved by a driver update for my interface.

Making sure your drivers are up to date is usually close to step 1 in troubleshooting. 

I'm equal parts embarrassed and relieved!

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28 minutes ago, Apeirofobia said:

I'm having the same trouble and  the drivers are up to date.

When you say "drivers are up to date", how exactly have you verified that?

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3 minutes ago, Promidi said:

When you say "drivers are up to date", how exactly have you verified that?

I checked the latest version in the Focusrite web. I have a Scarlett 18i20.

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7 minutes ago, Apeirofobia said:

I checked the latest version in the Focusrite web. I have a Scarlett 18i20.

You might want to start a new thread.

Also, when you do, can you give some more information about your set up.

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1 minute ago, Promidi said:

You might want to start a new thread.

Also, when you do, can you give some more information about your set up.

Thanks, I Started a new Thread. I will add more info about my set up.

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