Transient Designer 4

The Original.

The Transient Designer has changed my working life.“ 
Ryan Hewitt
(Red Hot Chili Peppers/Stadium Arcadium, 4 Grammys)

The Transient Designer is a whole new dynamic tool. It allows you to re-shape the transient response and the envelope curve of any audio signal with just knobs: Attack & Sustain.

With no effort you can accelerate or slow down attack and prolong or shorten sustain portions of all kinds of percussive signals, such as bass drum, snares, toms, congas, etc. Let them jump into your face or flatten them with a turn of a single knob. Booming toms for example are dried up in seconds — it’s almost like being able to change the amount of drum damping after the recording. Your idea of a kick drum sound is a kick drum in the words best sense? Just dial it in.

 

  • The attack of a bass drum or a loop can be emphasized with a single control to increase the punch and the penetration in the mix
  • Sustain of a snare or room-sound can be shortened very musically to clean up the mix for more transparency
  • Acoustic or electronic instruments become "in the face" sounds or can be smoothened with lower attacks
  • De-verb capability! Less Sustain shortens reverb flags of any sound (more elegant than gates do)
  • New panorama effects based on different dynamic effects per channel – try this with loops for example
  • Amplify or reduce the picking sound of an acoustic guitar
  • Hold the sound of the strings longer
  • Actuate the piano pedal “electronically”
  • Turn down the slap bass a notch or give it even more attack

 

Some say it is a must-have

Kenny Aronoff (Madonna, ...), Bernie Becker (Neil Diamond), Carl Cadden-James (Ludacris), Ed Cherney (Rolling Stones), Peter Walsh (Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel), Joey DeMaio (Manowar), Greg Droman (Brooks &Dunn), Richard Dodd (Tom Petty), Jim Ebdon (Aerosmith), Serban Ghenea (Justin Timberlake), Mark Linett (Brian Wilson), Bob Ludwig (Bruce Springsteen), John McBride (Martina McBride), Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac), Justin Niebank (Brad Paisley), Simon Osborne (Sting), Simon Phillips (Toto), Ronald Prent (Rammstein), Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer), Dave Reitzas (Madonna), Barry Rudolph (The Corrs), Cenzo Townshend (U2), Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osborne) ...

 


Michael Brauer’s statement on the Transient Designer is an excerpt of his article in the “producer’s corner” of VintageKing.com, issue June 2005.

“It's an important tool that has helped me out of a jam on many a mix. I don't know how they did it but they should have won the Nobel peace prize for the peace of mind it gives me after transforming a roomy BD into a close mic'd tight sound without any of the tricky phasing stuff going on. It's a total mystery how that works, It also works in the reverse, meaning it puts verb into a sound that is too tight and close mic'd. Great tool.”