Having dialogue sidechain everything

What’s the industry way to have dialogue sidechain everything?

I’m trying to send my dialogue event to a group in the mixer that contains everything else but can’t seem to send it there.

Thanks so much!

You can’t send from an event to a group bus, but you can route an event into a group bus by dragging the event onto that group bus in the routing browser.

In addition, you can send to a return bus, so you could simply create a send in an event that targets a return bus, and then route the return bus into the group bus.

The most common way of doing this is as follows:

  1. Route all your dialogue events into a group bus.
  2. Add a sidechain to the group bus.
  3. Route all your other events into a different group bus.
  4. Add a compressor effect to the different group bus, link it to the sidechain, and adjust its properties to achieve your desired level of ducking.

An example of this method can be found in the “examples.fspro” project that comes with every copy of FMOD Studio: The sidechain is on the “VO” bus, while the compressor is on the “SFX” bus.

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