Review: SPL Transient Designer
Positives:* Accents transient response.
* great alternative to gating
* Remove or add reverb/room using "Release" control
* Lengthen Bass notes with one knob
Bring your transients to life with SPL’s transient Designer
SPL is in a league of their own with Transient Designer. It’s a very straight forward, easy to use one trick pony. First released as a hardware rackmountable unit, It still remains and is available with two or four channels. The unit has been an industry secret upon it’s release and has been used on countless records. SPL saw the positive feedback and decided to released it in plugin form. Three basic controls are available, attack, release, and output gain. It basically gives you the decay and initial attack of the source and lets you manipulate the envelope. Think of it like an ADSR control for whatever you add the plugin on. It can give you the results of compression without changing the dynamics or volume at all! It works magic on percussion. Adding a small bit of attack and a dull snare sound can dominate the track. It adds a whole new groove to bongos and congas and could make your kick drums fall out of the speakers. Increase the decay of 808s without any pumping artifacts and shape your decay tail to get what you need from it. The release knob is just as powerful. Adding release on a drum kit and you can magically increase the room sound, even on samples! it can give you that odd pumping phil collins/1176 all-buttons-in effect that work very well in parallel processing. I use it to lengthen bass notes to ring out, either during the whole song or certain parts. Decreasing the release knob can yield a great alternative to gating. When I am given a sound with reverb printed or too much room ambience is in the recording, just remove the reverb by pulling the release knob back. I usually get alot of badly recorded acoustic guitars and sometimes depending on the microphone they chose, It is recorded with alot of boom and peaks due to plucking. Too many plucks take the attention away from what you want people to focus on, so I can decrease the attack knob and get a smoother, more even sound. I personally use it to accent the initial snap of my snares and to bring out the attack a little more on a kick drum. The Plugin is available Native and also sold under UAD (must have universal audio hardware).