Point Blank Tutorial: Vintage Daft Punk Style Side Chain Compression in Logic Pro

In this music production tutorial, Matt Mauldin, one of Point Blank LA’s instructors, shows how you can create that signature ’90s compression sound.

Using the Alesis 3630 compressor, this technique was made famous over ten years ago by Daft Punk and other French house artists. The pumping sound is created by using the kick drum to trigger the compressor, causing the other elements of the track to fold around it. This is especially great for heavy tracks, as it keeps that element prominent in the mix.

This sidechaining technique is still as relevant today as it was in the 90s. If you want to learn more music production skills, much like this, be sure to check out music production courses from Point Blank to Los Angeles. Alternatively, if you are looking to study with Point Blank in London or online, they offer a range of specialist degree courses in music production and sound engineering. Check out their full list here.

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To begin creating this sound, Matt fires up Logic Pro and adds the DAW’s original Compressor plug-in to the lead channel. He goes through the different versions of the compressor to find one that emulates a more classic hardware kit, the Classic VCA, before A/Bing the track with and without the compressor on. To really start feeling that pumping sensation in the track, he experiments with the Threshold and Ratio settings, modulating the amount of kick that passes through the mix.

Diana J. Carleton