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Cableguys Kickstart 2: Easily sidechain your tracks

Sidechaining in music production is like butter for bread. Whether it’s dodging bass when a kick kicks off or more creative sidechaining, you’ll find technique in every song, especially EDM.

Forged in the digital labs of developer Cableguys and producer Nicky Romero, Kickstart 2 is the upgraded version of the popular Kickstart plugin, reports Equipment News.


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Kickstart 2 fulfills the intention of Nicky Romero and Cableguys to provide all the features and tools needed to side chain in one easy to use plugin. As a result, we only have to place Kickstart 2 on one of our tracks and the plugin will lower the volume under our bass drum! With the right settings in the right places, Kickstart 2 allows us to create interesting beats and impact our music.

But in its first iteration, Kickstart only featured adjustable volume envelopes to avoid low frequency overlap. Now Kickstart 2 exceeds its previous limits. Kickstart 2 offers the ability to track transients of both a one-shot and loops! Not just one-shot kicks, but full breakbeats and drum machine loops as well. This is made possible by the improved volume envelope. The envelope automatically adapts to the volume of your input signal and precisely adjusts the level of your sidechain. Finally, the multiband parameter is another novelty that allows us to select the frequency range in which our sidechain effect will apply.

For ease of use, a real-time visualizer lets you see how Kickstart 2 affects your signal.

If you’ve ever asked an electronic music producer which plugins they love the most, chances are at least one was developed by Cableguys. In short, it’s because Cableguys plugins simplify everyday processes, present exciting tools that generate new ideas, and generally make life inside a DAW easier. Cableguys plugins are very popular among producers, not only because they build on familiar concepts, but they fill niche needs we didn’t know we had!


Price and availability

You can get Kickstart 2 today for just $16. However, Version 1 owners can upgrade for only $5 here. It is compatible with macOS 10.9+ and Windows 7+ in 64-bit VST, VST3, AAX and AU formats. If you are not yet convinced, a demo version is available on the site in addition to the tutorials.