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Old 08-07-2001, 01:11 AM
sotagear sotagear is offline
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Default Ideas for ducking music track?

My wife uses Pro Tools on a daily basis for voice-over work. She needs to have a music track duck down in level about a second before the voice over comes in & back up after the voice over is through. This happens numerous times throughout each production.
I figured a decent way to do it by cloning the vo & moving it ahead by 1 second, triggering a Drawmer ducker with the cloned VO track, while the Drawmer has been sent the music track to be ducked.
It's worked great for years & is much quicker than drawing the levels up & down on the music track.
However, we're trying to figure out an alternative to this setup that might be done strictly within the DAW, rather than having to send all of this out to the Drawmer & mixing the result through her analog board, as she's been doing at the moment.
Any ideas for an alternative way of doing this? Also - are there any ducker plug-ins that will do a similar thing?
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Old 08-07-2001, 01:26 AM
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Default Re: Ideas for ducking music track?

Put a compressor plugin with sidechain cabability (digi's work fine) on the music track, and have it respond to the early VO track thru bus sends. Pretty simple in PT actually.
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Old 08-07-2001, 03:53 PM
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Default Re: Ideas for ducking music track?

How about buying the tdm (plugin) version of the drawmer?
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Old 08-08-2001, 12:30 AM
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Default Re: Ideas for ducking music track?

If I don't have time, I'll slap the compressor on the music track and sidechain it to the VO. If it's not kicking in fast enough, sometimes I'll duplicate the VO and nudge it forward on another track and sidechain the compressor to this.

But more often than not I find myself just doing manual volume rides if I've got the time because I always end up with the compressor pumping too much on the music.

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