SideKick – advanced settings

You can find these settings by clicking on the SideKick logo in the interface.

Please use these default settings.
– turn on, max detected buffersize
– turn on, initial compentsation
– turn off, force sync

Depending on the DAW host software you may need to change these settings if you are having problems with the timing of ducking/keying.
Please note you will have to reload all sidekicks for the changes to take full effect.

The 3 way switch for the buffersize:
set to ‘2x max detected buffersize’ if there seem to be gaps
set ‘max detected buffersize’ as default
set ‘no compensation’ to run without delay compensation at all. (not recommened).
initial compensation, should be on by default. if however the ducking/keying seems too late. you can try turning this off.
Force sync, should only be turned on/off if the ducking/keying seems to jitter.

premiere can’t find the plugin

If you can’t find the plugin in Premiere or Premiere gives an error “audio filter missing” when opening the quickstart projects you might need to set the plugin folder.

In Premiere, go to Preferences -> Audio -> Audio Plug-In Manager. This will open the following screen:


If you’d like to use the VST (this is always the case on Windows, on OSX you can choose either Audio Unit or VST) make sure the correct folder is shown. This should be the “default VST” folder used by all plugins. But just to be sure, open the Licence Manager and click the cog wheel (cogwheel) in the top right corner. This will show you the folders where the plugins are installed.

Secondly, make sure the plugin can be found by Premiere and is enabled. If it is not yet showing in the list click “Scan for Plugins”. Then make sure the enabled box is checked and click “ok”.



Akai MPC cannot find my plugin

SideKick QuickStart (Adobe Premiere)

This page explains how to use SideKick Extended 6 in Adobe premiere.

Install and activate with no internet

Installation and activation (as well as updating, de-activation and uninstalling) is done using the BeatRig Licence Manager. This requires an active internet connection. If your computer is not connected to the internet follow the offline instructions on your account page (requires login).



Cubase can’t find the plugin

Cubase keeps a list of  available plugins. If you can’t find you plugin you will need to update the plugins list in Cubase manually. Don’t worry, you only need to press one button. It’s finding the button that’s the difficult part.

  1. Open Cubase
  2. Select “Plug-in Manager” in the Devices menu.
  3. Click on the cogwheel icon (cogwheel) in the left bottom.
  4. A new window will open at the bottom. On the right top of this window you will see a “refresh” icon.
  5. Pressing this icon will rescan all vst folders and add new plug-ins to the list.

Open Cubase


Open the Plug-in Manager from the devices menu.


Click the cog wheel to open the settings window


Click the arrows to refresh the list and scan for new plugins.


Redownload SideKick

We’ve updated our activation process and simplified our serial keys. If you’ve purchased SideKick Ex 6 before 1 august 2015 you need a new serial. But not to worry, we’ve added a new key to your account.

Didn’t know you had an account? Accounts are created automatically during purchase. You can login here using your email address. Or reset your password here.

SideKick QuickStart

This tutorial explains basic usage of SideKick Ex6. If you’ve not yet installed the plugin follow the mac or windows instructions first. We’ll use Logic as our host in this tutorial but the larger part of this tutorial is uniform for all sequencers.

Sending the sound

Lets start! SideKick ducks one sound with the input of another. Therefore you will need two instances of the plugin to work. So start by creating two tracks in your plugin host. We’ll use the first track for a kick. For now keep it simple. Add a steady house kick or similar sound as you would usually do.

Now add an instance of SideKick as insert to this track.


When you’ve loaded the SideKick it should automatically open the plugin window. (If your host doesn’t, open the plugin editor window manually).

Make sure SideKick is set to “send”. This first instance is going to send the audio to another instance of Sidekick which will be added later on. We’ll only use one send and one receive plugin in this example, so make sure you’ve selected channel “1”.


Receiving the sound

On the second track load a nice bass synth and add some notes as you would usually do. Again keep it simple, to get the best result make sure the sounds are long (legato) sounds. You can of course use short synth bleeps but the effect will be less noticeable. Now add a second SideKick to this channel’s inserts.


Again the plugin interface should be opened. Now this second instance of SideKick should listen to the first instance so make sure it’s set to “receive” and channel “1”.


Start tweaking

Now let the fun begin. You might already hear something going on when you hit play. If not, you should probably start fidgeting with “duck knob” (that’s the large outer ring). Turn it clockwise to increase the ducking effect. Or counter clockwise to invert the effect.

The attack ring sets the attack speed. Imagine when your kick sounds, the bass line could be ducked immediately or with a little delay. A faster or slower response.

The most inner ring set the recovery speed. Imagine your kick ducked the bass sound all the way down. Now how long would it take for the bass sound to recover to full level? That’s what you set with the recover. The lower the recovery time the faster your sound will be on full strength again.

Finally you can turn up the saturation slider to get some more fatness and volume in the sound. The effect is comparable with over-driving a old tube amplifier.

That’s it! If you run in to any problems visit the support section. Also make sure to check the examples on the product page , these show you some of the possibilities.