Ableton Tutorial: External Sidechain for Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor

In this tutorial I will show you how to set up external side chaining for Softube’s Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor, but this will also work for the Tube-Tech Classic Channel Strip as well.

This method works the same for both the stand-alone compressor and the channel strip. I am using Ableton Live, but this should help you to get things cooking in any other DAW 😉


Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor | Softube

Watch the Video Tutorial

*written tutorial below

Written Tutorial

To make things simple just open a new project. Have one audio channel with a 4 x 4 kick on it. On the second channel drop a VSTi with a single sustained midi note around C3. Don’t worry about the sound, we aren’t concerned with that here.

Don’t forget to add the CL 1B Compressor or the CL Channel Strip to the channel with the VSTi.

Next, route the audio out of the kick’s channel into the VSTi channel. If you play the arrangement back now you shouldn’t hear the kick. *Live will automatically select the Compressor / Channel if it is the only VST that accepts external audio, which it should be if you are following along. However, the second drop down menu will allow you to manually select it if need be.

ext out external sidechian softube

Routing Side Chain Source to the Compressor

Open up the Compressor / Channel and switch the compressor to Ext. Source. The last thing you need to do is crank up the threshold to hear that famous pumping sound all the EDM producers love so much.


Buss Sidechain Bus Select : int. & ext.

There you go. Now, I will leave it to you to dial in what needs to be dialed in 😉

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