What’s good fam, back at you with another review.
Wanted to take a look at another fx plugin that I find pretty useful.
This one is from SPL (Sound Performance lab) and it’s called Transient Designer
Let’s check it out
So what is Transient Designer?
It’s a plugin based on the original hardware transient designer.
The tool has two controls, attack and sustain, and allows you to adjust the gain or reduction of attack and sustain on whatever you wish.
You know I like simple plugins and to me it doesn’t get much simpler.
If you have a snare or other sound that has a huge reverb tail on it, maybe you sampled it or recorded it that way, but want to change it, this allows you to do so.
Similarly, if you have a percussive sound that doesn’t quite have the “bite” or “snap” you need.
You can adjust the attack with this plugin without having to layer or apply tons of eq tricks.
- format: vst, au, rtas, tdm
- price: 99 euro (about $142)
How does it sound?
Well, considering it’s not an instrument, how it sounds depends on what you’re trying to do.
Personally I like to use it on snares, claps, and other percussive sounds when I need to introduce a bit more “slap” to get them to cut through the mix.
Sometimes you don’t need to alter sounds by layering, or you don’t want to, but you still want to increase the immediate attack of the sound.
I find this adds just the snap I need.
Also, when sampling from vinyl or other sources, sometimes there’s a bunch of verb or extra “tail” on my drums, this tool let’s me tame that tail very quickly to get a much cleaner sound.
I’m sure there are many other ways people use it, on instruments, vocals, whatever. For me, it’s a drum shaping tool, and in that respect, it works well.
So what’s the bottom line?
Tools like this are very specific and depend on what you’re looking for or what you need. If you’re always shaping drum sounds and know exactly how you want them to sound, this could become a pretty common tool in your toolbox.
With such a simple and direct method of operation, I don’t get lost in settings, I just adjust my attack, sustain, maybe the output, and I’m good.
I give this plugin 4 out of 5 subs, really simple and effective.
It’s much more precise than a normal compressor or limiter we sometimes use to get the punch and smack from drums, it adds just that percussive attack you need to get your drums to cut through.
Great thing is, they have demos for all of their plugins, they even have a free eq plugin, so definitely check them out: http://spl.info/software/transient-designer/short-description.html
leave me a comment below, let me know what you think