best sidechain plugins for music production

Best Sidechain VST Plugins for Music Production

Making sure every sound has its own place to breathe and stand out, is key in mixing a song. Use EQs, compressors, reverb, delays, and distortion tools to achieve more richer-sounding sounds and more clarity in your mix. Compressors are mostly used to change the envelope and the volume of a sound. Sidechain is a form of compression that allows you to duck the incoming volume, to make room for a different sound to shine through, and to get a better result. There are plenty of ways to sidechain a sound with each having it’s unique characteristic. We have compiled a list of the best sidechain VST plugins you can utilize in your music production & mixing process. Also, don’t forget to check out our dedicated Black Friday landing page where we list the best Black Friday deals on plugins, sample packs, bundles, presets, & courses.


Best Sidechain VST Plugins for Music Production


  1. Xfer LFO 
  2. Devious Machines Duck
  3. W.A. Production Dodge Pro 
  4. Cableguys VolumeShaper 6 [We Rave You Recommendation]
  5. FabFilter Pro-C 2




1.Xfer LFO 

This sidechain VST plugin made by Xfer will shape every sound the way you want to. You can control the cutoff, resonance, mix, and drive while using several filters, LFO routings to control the volume, and panning of the sound and the clear visualizer puts you in control of the incoming signal.




Devious Machines’ envelope shaper offers you 8 preset curves, 58 duck patches, it lets you draw your own curves & rhythms to use or save, or use Duck as a multiband compressor to treat only the low or high end.




3.Dodge Pro 

Dodge Pro has been pushing the boundaries with not just sidechain ducking functions but also rhythmic motifs, gated rhythms, and special fx. Get an instant pumping sound by using its presets or let the plugin surprise you by its randomization, and use its feedback visualizer to control every detail.



4.VolumeShaper 6

Divide the incoming signal into 3 bands to control every part differently. VolumeShaper has been built to improve the workflow while mixing to spark your creativity and efficiency at the same time.



5.FabFilter Pro-C 2

FabFilter’s compressor unit has been built to change the look at compressors drastically. Almost every inch of this plugin has been visualized for you to see the incoming waveforms. The most important knobs like Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Release are included. This VST plugin’s newest feature Sidechain lets you adjust only certain frequencies by using the EQ.


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