It's very likely that the music you are inspired by does not use a side-chaining technique (but you never know!). If you're trying to create a new sound, this could be an interesting approach. But if you're interested in a more traditional sound, this may or may not get you there since it's probably not the way the originals were produced.
Posting some examples of the music you like vs the mixes you are getting would be helpful for any further feedback.
As for side chaining…
Probably the quickest way to explore side chain ducking with Reason is via the SSL mixer. You will need a 'trigger' for the ducking, and that would be the kick drum in your case. You'll need to split the kick drum any number of ways (using a Spider or an FX send are obvious choices) so you can keep one split as the original signal, and patch the other into the Side Chain input of the bass channel, like so:
There are other options along these same lines, though they are more complex. The next simplest option is to use a MClass compressor (or similar) for it's CV out, which you then send to an EQ via a Combinator. This allows you to reduce a specific frequency of the bass track when the kick hits, and should sound more 'transparent' since much of the sound is not being ducked. You can also use side-chained multi-band compression, ducking only a single band (usually the lowest one) with each kick.
Finally, there's this: the "Frequency Fighter".
Use it to duck ANY frequency present in the original. If the kick is strong at 60 Hz, then 60 Hz will be ducked. This is a MUCH more complex approach, but requires less 'fiddling' since it will duck any/all frequencies present in the "trigger" signal.
Giles Reaves, aka 'selig'
Audio Illusionist, Musical Technologist
Selig Audio, LLC
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