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I’ve shared how to do a simple side chain on FL Studio with the Peak Controller. This is the variant of the side chain method, using a limiter.

A side chain effect, is an effect most commonly used in electro-house music and is becoming more popular in underground and mainstream club songs.

The effect is that waving in and out of volume. Giving it a notorious pumping effect, having the rise in between the beats of the music. It is effective for creating room and space in your mix, while also giving the track a sense of excitement.

Once again set up Your 4-on-the-Floor Kicks. And set up your Audio (Synth, Bass, Whatever you want to deliver the side-chain effect.


  • I route and label the Kick on Channel 1 – in the mixer and I route and label the Synthesizer in to Channel 2 – in the mixer


  • Highlight/Select the Kick Channel,
  • While It is Selected,
  • Hover over the Synth fader, with the down arrow, Click ‘Sidechain To This Track’ Sidechain-FL-Studio-Kick-Synth-3
  • Select the compression function of the Limiter


  • To Left of the side chain compressor, Set the input number 1 (This is the Channel 1 Kick)
  • Set The Threshold Level, Below -30db or To Taste
  • Set the Ratio to 3:1
  • Set Attack to 2ms or To Taste
  • Set Release to 200ms or To Taste


Notice how you can visually substantiate what is happening with the audio, now.

Your Synth/Audio should be pumping in and out with the kick now.

The Pros of Using the limiter is there is more control between dynamics of the pumping/side-chain effect. There is a smooth effect.

However, since it is controlled by the kick, volume control of the kick and other effects inserted in Channel 2 is effect by whatever effect you insert.

However this can be conveniently bypassed by duplicating the kick in another channel and using the first simply for the effect, while also muting the kick for the effect.

I hope you enjoyed this simple and quick alternative tutorial to side-chaining on FL Studio.

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