The Sonnox Transient Modulator
is an application that allows dynamic level of signals to be modified by the transients in the programme material over time. The effect is to bring transient events in the programme forwards, or push them into to the background, such that the attacks of instruments can be accentuated or softened depending on settings.
The application was developed to address the common situation where there is a need to selectively tighten up percussive instruments or soften the unwanted percussive effects of acoustic musical instruments. Such effects are easily achieved with the Transient Modulator because its purpose-designed adaptive processing acts on differential information in the programme so that the overall long-term programme level is minimally affected and sensitivity to control parameters is drastically reduced. Features
- Radically changes the dynamics of instruments.
- Accentuates or flattens attacks and transients.
- Brings sounds forward or push them back.
- Increases or reduces the effects of ambience.
- Produces rounded and dynamic percussive effects.
- Hardens up and give life to dull or flat-sounding recordings and mixes, without the unwanted changes in overall timbre associated with multi-band compression techniques.
- Variable harmonic enhancement for extra loudness, presence and 'punch'.
- Increases overall modulation potential by the reduction of very short peaks.
The functions of the Transient Modulator are adaptive and totally dependent upon dynamic level changes within the signal. In other words, it will have no effect on a steady state signal, such as a continuous tone which does not change in level. Any control signals it develops are purely dependent upon the extent and rate of change of signal levels.Gain,Threshold & Deadband
When the Ratio
fader is set positively, significantly larger peak levels can be produced, with potential to increase them up to 24dB greater than the original signal. Conversely, negative ratio values can reduce the overall levels significantly, therefore the Gain
fader has been designed to operate over a considerable range.
Unlike the rest of the processing in the Transient Modulator, the Threshold
knob sets an absolute value. Other processing is tracking changes in the waveform and is not related to any absolute setting. In this case, only signals above the Threshold
knob setting will be processed. The greater the signal level above the threshold, the greater the effect, the Transient Modulator will have.
knob sets a window below which transient changes will remain unaffected, preventing unwanted modification to lower level signals.Ratio & Overshoot
fader sets the amount of instantaneous change, positive or negative, to the signal. As an example, if the Ratio
fader is set to +1.00, and a signal peak 10dB above the average occurs, the Transient Modulator could increase that to a 20dB peak.
fader sets the period over which dynamics changes occur. The lower values will cause just the initial transients and leading edges of signal changes to be affected. Whereas longer values will increasingly have more affect on the later portions of signal changes.