Duck by Devious Machines: More Than Just a Sidechain

Before I came across Duck by Devious Machines, I had some real issues creating effective sidechain effects in my music. Duck makes it easy to create the perfect sidechain effect. It is also possible to create volume effects and other effects in your mix.

Duck by Devious Machines


Get the Perfect Sidechain With Duck

Ducking, or sidechain compression is one of the defining effects of modern music. From classic house to modern EDM and trance music, tracks by Daft Punk, Noisia, and Eric Prydz ooze that pumping, ducking effect.

So, whether you’re producing pumping house or broken beats, Duck is easy and immediately modifiable.

Duck makes it easy to design a custom volume shape that repeats at the speed and depth of your choice or use one of the included 58 presets to find new and inspiring effects. As well as sidechain compression Duck is capable of trance-gating, tremolo, and any other volume effect you can think of. For more control, enable split-band mode and adjust the separate low and high-frequency controls. And Duck can be triggered with audio from a sidechain input or by MIDI notes, making it easier than ever for hip-hop and bass music producers.

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Why Do You Need Duck?

  • Instant sidechain pumping as soon as you load the plugin
  • Cleaner, louder, and more exciting mixes
  • Choose from 8 preset curves or 58 creative and useful Duck patches
  • Draw your own curves and rhythms to use now, or save them later
  • Set the overall pump, or apply to low and high bands with adjustable crossover
  • Run Duck in Repeat mode, or use sidechain audio or MIDI signals to trigger
  • Smoothing control to remove clicks: including super-accurate pre-smoothing algorithm when in LFO mode
  • Use Duck on individual tracks, groups, or your master bus for different pump effects
  • Low CPU usage means you can run Duck on loads of tracks
  • Mac and Windows: VST/AU/AAX plugin

You can purchase Duck here

System Requirements for Duck by Devious Machines

On Windows, Duck requires Windows 7 or later and 2 GB or FAM to run. Please also note that you need to have a good digital audio workstation on your machine (as if you didn’t know that!).

On a Mac Duck by Devious Machines requires 10.7 or later.

The file types are VST 32/64 bit. VST 2.4, VST 3 and AU AAX (32/64 bit or later).

Duck by Devious Machines

Alternatives to Duck by Devious Machines

There are alternative techniques to sidechaining with Duck by Devious Machines, but nothing so easy and you don’t have the same control as you get with Duck.

As I am a die-hard FL Studio fan, I know that I can get a sidechain effect on FLEX, but even with that, I can mould and shape my sidechain effect to get exactly the sound I want. This is easily done with Duck and I recommend Duck to everyone and anyone as an easy way to create this effect and get the exact sound you are after.

Overall Impressions of Duck by Devious Machines

I can’t fault Duck on anything. On Plugin Boutique, it gets maximum ratings and I can see why. The sound is fantastic and it is easy to use. I give it 10/10.

You can purchase Duck here

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