Plugin Boutique has introduced BLEASS’ new instrument plugin which combines a kick drum synth, a step sequencer, and a ducker/sidechain compressor.

The BLEASS Sidekick plugin provides a unique way to create exciting rhythmic dynamics within your music.

The kick drum synth uses an analogue-style engine inspired by vintage beatboxes, which allows it to create a wide range of classic analogue kick drum tones with ease. This synth can be triggered by the built-in 16-step sequencer or by an external MIDI input; its sound can be mixed with the audio passing through the plugin, be used to trigger the plugin’s ducker stage, or both.

Used without the ducker, BLEASS Sidechain makes it easy to add your own kick parts to loops and other percussive parts. Bringing in the ducker causes the input signal to reduce in volume whenever the kick synth is triggered. When used on a drum loop this lets you impose your own creativity on the underlying feel and beat of the loop, ducking-out the loop’s kick sound and pattern so that you can replace them with a sound and pattern that you have crafted.

Perhaps BLEASS Sidekick’s best trick, though, is to use the kick synth and sequencer purely as a trigger for the ducker. This lets you create fascinating and detailed dynamic rhythms within any part or track, whether individual instrument or an entire mix

On sale for the intro price of $10 USD instead of $20 USD, the plugin is available in VST3, AU and AAX formats for Windows and Mac. The offer is available at Plugin Boutique and from the BLEASS store until September 30th, 2022. The iOS/AUv3 version is $4.99 USD at the App Store during the promotion (regular $7.99 USD).