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Name/Version: Duck Buddy 0.4
Author: Slynk  


Duck Buddy v0.4 - Your friend with benefits!
This device triggers a custom gain reduction shape when it detects a MIDI note from the selected source.

Drop a Duck Buddy on your bassline and select your Drum Rack as the MIDI source. Select the Kick drum cell as your channel. Perfect sidechain!

Forget using compressors and other tools like LFOtool and Gatekeeper. This is the ultimate way to sidechain. With lookahead and the ramp/smooth settings you can achieve a clickless sidechain with ease!

Created by Jarlyk, Iggylabs & Slynk.
Thanks to Floodstate and the rest of the Slynk Bugs Discord Server for bug testing and cheering us on.

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Change Log

Updated 23 Sept 2021
- Fixed an issue where editing the shape in the large waveform view would cause the shape not to save when duplicating or save/opening your project.

Updated 22 Sept 2021
- Fixed memory leak causing alot of lag and crashing.

Updated 20 Sept 2021
- Released the youtube video. The Duck is out of the bag!


For a while, during development, this plugin was called "Duck Boy" but I quickly decided to rename it to "Duck Buddy". The music industry is already so male dominated, so I didn't want to give the plugin a male gender, potentially further alienating the women producers out there. It's a small thing but I think subtle things like this push women away from music production and careers within the music industry. And I think we should be doing everything we can to create a comfortable atmosphere for those women looking to get involved in the music industry. This ain't no boys club.


Device Details

Downloads: 5024
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Live Version Used: 11.0.1
Max Version Used: 8.1.9
Date Added: Mar 24 2021 00:49:17
Date Last Updated: Sep 23 2021 22:27:29
Average Rating (10) 5
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Device File: Duck_Buddy.amxd


Insanely clean and way easier to use instead of setting up compression. A++++

Awesome! It was on my to-do list; it's not anymore :-)

One issue: the Depth knob on Push isn't bound to the actual knob on the device. I haven't open up the device yet, though, but that'll be a quick fix.

Also, it'dbe nice to disable the "is_mpe enabled" attribute as it's an audio device and could confuse people to see "MPE" in the device title bar. ;-)

Thanks for your comments Crampe. We have addressed those issues and are getting ready to drop a new version with a bunch of new features!

Great device, and thanks!

[Bug] If you group or ungroup the device, it looses its Input routing. Any way to fix that?

That bug only happens if your input is after the first x # of tracks, so it must be related to the bug you're already aware of.

Suggestion for creative use: Can you make it so that we can manually manipulate the length of the duck by how long the midi note is sustained or held down.- pretty pls.? Also, the ducking is not responding when I use a device that converts modwheel data to notes.

a built in track delay for the midi input would make this extemely using pro c 2 and the click is insanely harsh unless i set up a slower not sure how ableton delay compenstion works but it would be a huge feature to add

This is so far the best solution for comprehensive and quick sidechain ducking i have used. Its Clean, it's quick and it just works. And its even for free. So really thx alot to Jarlyk, Iggylabs & Slynk!!!

With v0.3 I experience the behaviour, that the device looses input Routing (or more preciseley it redirects the input routing to another track) when I move the Track, from which I take the input routing. It seems the redirect of the input routing goes to the track with the same number index from which the original track has been moved.

anyway you can make this available fro live 10 users? looks fantastic!

Thank you !

This is SO amazing - 100% the cleanest SC i've ever used. BUT - there must be a memory leak or something because it just chomps my memory until there is no more. I've got 32GB on board so it takes a while, but when it gets there my whole system goes down - anyone else experienced this? I've isolated it to this device, when i remove it the memory usage stops going up. Bummer!

Pls let me know if there's anything i can do to help debug and resolve the above, if it's happening to me it must be happening to someone else too! - more than happy to help.

@tomekn I'm investigating the reported memory leak. If you use Discord, that's probably the best place to collaborate on tracking it down, but I'll see if I can replicate it locally. This is the first report I've heard of it, but it's possible folks just haven't run long enough sessions to notice.

Yes it's a great device !
Bug I have an anoying bug.

If I press one of the menus of the "big view" : Live shuts down immediatly..

Windows 10
MAx 8.1.11


By menus do you mean the analog source selection for the external signal? I definitely haven't seen this issue before, though we've been running on Live 11.0.10. If you don't have a reason to stay on b5, I'd suggest updating Live, as it's possible that will fix the issue. If you'd like to follow up on this issue further and you're on Discord, that's probably the best place to reach us.

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