The Transient Designer provides a revolutionary concept for dynamic processing rendering controls such as Threshold, Ratio and Gain superfluous. The Transient Designer provides a very elaborated automation, so while the processing going on inside the box may be very complex, the user has to deal with just a pair of intuitive controls.
In nearly every aspect the Transient Designer is different from conventional dynamic processors such as compressors. You don't need to know how the Transient Designer works in order to be able to use it effectively, but if you're at all curious as to what goes on inside the box ... read thisFeatures
The Transient Designer uses envelope followers to track the curve of the natural signal so that optimum results are guaranteed regardless of the input signal's dynamics. Because of the level-independent processing inherent in Differential Envelope Technology (DET), manual threshold adjustments are not required.
One of the most interesting applications of the Transient Designer is processing drum and percussion sounds, both from samples to live drum sets:
- The attack of a bass drum or a loop can be emphasized to increase the power and presence in the mix.
- The sustain period of a snare or a reverb-flag can be shortened in a very musical way to obtain more transparency in the mix.
- Recording a live drum set, toms or overheads can be shortened without physically damping them.
- Miking live drums is considerably faster and easier, because the apparent 'distance' of the microphone can be corrected by varying the ATTACK and SUSTAIN values.
- The Transient Designer is a perfect partner to noise gates in live drum miking.
- Corresponding adaptively to the duration of the original signal, the sustain can be shortened more musically than with tightly adjusted release times, effectively reducing crosstalk.
- When recording live drums or other instruments on a HD recording system, the Transient Designer prevents time-consuming removing of crosstalk signals on the hard disk.
- It is possible to create unusual dynamic effects, including new and interesting pan effects. If, for example, a mono loop is patched through two channels of the Transient Designer panned hard left and right in the mix, such that the left channel is processed with increased attack and reduced sustain while the right channel is adjusted in the opposite way, a very special stereo loop sound is created. You have to try this to appreciate what it sounds like, but expect to hear a lot of unusual stereo movement.
- By reducing attack and increasing sustain, signals that are too up-front sounding can be moved back into the mix. Additionally the FX parts of 'too dry' signals are strengthened.
- Drum sounds are easier to integrate into the mix. If the acoustic level of a snare is expanded to approximately +4dB by increasing the attack value, the effective increase of peak levels in the overall mix is merely about 0.5dB to 1dB.
- Instrumentation amplifier, electronically balanced (differential), transformerless
- Nominal input level: +6dB
- Input impedance: = 22kOhms
- Output impedance: < 600Ohms
- Max. input level : +24dBu
- Max. output level: +22,4dBu
- Minimum load ohms: 600Ohms
- Relay Hard Bypass
- Power Fail Safety
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 100 kHz
- (100 kHz = -3 dB)
- CCMR (common mode rejection): - 80dBu @1kHz
- THD & N: 0,004% @1kHz
- S/N CCIR 468-3: -89dBu
- S/N A-weighted: -105dBu