Video Tutorial: Ducking Delays, Dynamic Delays and Other Automated FX

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(This is second in a series of video tutorials for SonicScoop by producer/mixer/engineer Jake Antelis. See his first one here, “Editing Trills in Melodyne with Shortcuts for Speed & Efficiency.”)

Ducking Delays/Dynamic Delays are a great way to add some quick and easy automated FX into your tracks – they will sound a bit more interesting than one static effect on the same settings for the entire duration of a song.

This tip is not only easy, but it leaves you with more time for extra automation and adding more life into a mix and hopefully keeps the listeners hooked to your track.

Thanks for watching and also remember that although I used a delay for this effect, it works with anything you’d like (reverbs, chorus, flanger, gates etc…). Experiment with this concept and you will find yourself coming up with some super cool — and creative — effects.

Recommended viewing on YouTube in Full Screen Mode.

Jake Antelis is Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Currently based in Hillside, NJ, and also working with artists and other producers all over the globe, mixing their tracks thanks to the power of the Internet. You can reach me at:,


  • Jake Antelis

    Thanks SonicScoop!

  • audiofp

    Good info except the EchoBoy mix control should be at 100%. If you notice the level of the dry vocal goes up and down as you change the ducking compressor threshold. The echo channel shouldn’t have any direct signal in it (two paths are usually not better than one). Always remember to use your ears (even when you’re attempting to teach).

  • Jake Antelis

    Thanks, Good catch that was not intentional .