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  • #67183
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    Windsock
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    I know this is not strictly possible given the analogue history of DCA/VCAs, however in this digital age, is there anyway of using a DCA “channel” as a side chain input to a compressor (or Dyn8 for that matter)? the obvious workaround would be to use a group as well as a DCA for the channels in question, but this seems a bit redundant…
    thanks

    #67185
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    Steffen R
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    a group is not like a DCA
    members of DCA’s can still be routed to different groups and the DCA will affect the levels

    I don’t like the idea
    it adds another level of complexity that is not needed

    use groups or auxes as side chain source

    #67187
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    Wolfgang
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    I agree with that.
    A DCA is a simple control signal, i. e. a DC voltage without audio information.
    why change this logic?

    sidechain compression can be done very easily with subgroups and auxes.

    #67190
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    I agree that DCAs and Groups are different, however in my situation i have two lead vocalists that i want to use as a side chain trigger; i already have them on a DCA so that effects and mutes can be controlled; it just seems to make another complexity to run them through a group as well. there have been a number of discussions already about having meters on the DCA faders; this i would simply see as the next logical step.

    #67205
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    if you put the two leadvocals in a group, you can use their signals for the sidechain control. this is very easy.

    a level meter in the DCAs I can still understand, but wanting to use the DCAs for sidechain, I don’t think it makes sense.
    but that’s just my own opinion, of course. 😉

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