size 0.96 MB / 1.05 MB / 0.47 MB / 0.95 MB. ATKTransientShaper is a mono transient shaper with all the parameters usually hidden from the user. RMS is the size of the power power windows.
Attack is the attack time constant for the slow attack/release filter. Attack fraction (or ratio) is the percentage of the attack time constant that will be used for the fast attack/release filter. Release is the release time constraint for the fast attack/release filter (as the release time has to be higher). Release fraction (or ratio) is the percentage of the release time constant that will be used for the slow attack/release filter (as it has a faster release time constant). Usually set to 100%. Slope is the ratio, 1 being the identity, higher than 1 compressing the transient, less than 1 swelling it.
Softness is an indicator of the harshness of the knee of the underlying compressor. Color is an indicator of the color around the threshold: positive increases the gain around it, negative decreases it. Quality is the amount of color. Make-up is the gain after the effect. Dry-wet gives the balance between the unprocessed signal and the processed signal.
Okay, So When Should I Use A Transient Shaper?
ATKTransientShaper ( 0.96 MB ). ATKTransientShaper_x64 ( 1.05 MB ). ATKTransientShaper.component ( 0.47 MB ). ATKTransientShaper ( 0.95 MB ). Looking to create a punchier drum sound? Want to enhance your percussion tracks? A transient shaper is an essential at the mixing phase, as it gives you more control over the sound of your tracks, and importantly, their dynamic and even harmonic content. In this guide, we look at the best free transient shaper VST plugins available, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
We keep a close watch on Auburn Sounds because they always seem to value quality over quantity, only launching plugins that meet their high standards. The fashion forward Couture is kind of unique, like most of what Auburn Sounds creates. This VST gives you extensive control over your dynamics, especially attack. Couture works independent of the volume, which gives you the option of changing the input gain. Its two-band, half-spectral, RMS, program-dependent detector can find all transients, with no internal thresholds.
All told, this makes Couture a versatile plugin.
Couture by Auburn Sounds
Basically, this transient shaper can be used on anything – it can add distortion, create more space between transients, increase dynamics, and even enhance or remove room reverb. We would be remiss not to comment on Couture’s design, as well, and whoever is doing the design work at Auburn Sounds is clearly a savant.
Each of the plugin’s controls are clearly broken up into different sections, which makes it easier to use.
As most users will testify, Couture can have a massive impact on your sound. If you need to reshape any track in your mix, this is an excellent tool to have at your disposal. Auburn Sounds’ Couture is available as a VST, AAX, AU, and LV2 plugin for Windows, Mac, and Linux. But just so you know, to get access to the saturation functions, you will need to upgrade to the full edition for $19.
Download: Auburn Sounds. Sonic Anomaly’s Transpire is a transient processor designed especially with drums in mind.
This makes it easy to hear the changes you’re making to your tracks while applying the effect. Overall, we find Transpire to be an effective plugin, and not a bad one to add to your toolkit, especially since it’s free. Transpire is available as a 32- or 64-bit VST for Windows on PLUGINS 4 FREE.
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ATK Transient Shaper by Audio ToolKit
With a streamlined design, you can make big changes to your tracks and mix with the turn of a knob. It’s got rather unique “Sweet” and “Bitter” markers at either side of the spectrum. When you turn the knob towards Sweet, transients reduce, and when you turn it to the Bitter side, your transients magnify.
- BitterSweet v3 includes up to eight channels of input/output, output gain (at the end of the processing +/- 12 dB), and link to output gain, which compensates for the gain depending on the transient amount. You also get true bypass control routing for the incoming signal direct to output, transient amount (bitter/sweet), transient integration (fast, medium, and slow modes), period for setting the time window, three operation modes (main, center, stereo), and open sound control support.
- The user interface is where BitterSweet truly shines. We love its streamlined design, which makes it user friendly. And it’s attractive. Sure, it features a bit of a mid-2000s style “realistic” design, but certainly the good kind.
Transient Shaper Ableton Rack by Seed to Stage
Not the kind that had us shaking our heads in dismay. In this case, the layer effects (gradient overlays, drop shadows, etc.) capture our imagination instead of leaving us feeling like we’re witnessing a Photoshop tutorial train wreck.
- Of course, it all comes down to one thing – sound. If BitterSweet can’t enhance your mix, it doesn’t matter how good it looks or how streamlined its design is. One of the things producers love about BitterSweet is the fact that you can add more punch to your drums, as you would expect, but by turning the knob towards Sweet, you can soften the sound of your drums, making them better suited to ballads or songs with a softer vibe.
- So, all in all, there’s a lot you can do with BitterSweet, and it can come in handy in a variety of situations. A great VST to add to your library. Sleepy-Time DSP plugins fall under the category of “legacy.” Developer Dustin Ralston halted development of VST plugins in 2019.
- But to this day, they are still highly effective and usable, not to mention simply but effectively designed. Sleepy-Time DSP calls Transient a “transient-driven signal shaper” with options to adjust attack and sustain.
This is relatively standard. Transient detects rapid changes to the incoming signal regardless of amplitude. You can use the envelope shaper to make quick changes to your percussion, and you can also fine-tune your audio signal’s transients.