Category: Dynamic Effects

Multiband Dynamics

Multiband dynamics is a special audio processing tool that is essential for mixing, mastering, and sound design. Multiband dynamics is a plugin that enables the user to add clarity, warmth, and punch to mixes. The multi-band dynamics plugin offers a maximum level without losing dynamics and it allows the user to achieve broad equalization with…
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Optical Compressor

An optical compressor, also known as Opto-compressor, is a dynamic range attenuator that has a transducer. A light source in a photosensitive cell controls the gain reduction in an Opto-compressor, as it transforms energy from one form to another. The optical compressor can be used to process and audio signal. In simple terms, this compressor…
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Tube Compressor

The main job of tubes that are involved in audio equipment is to amplify electricity. It is worth mentioning that the first vacuum tubes were used in electronic amplifiers long before transistors were launched to the public. Vacuum tubes have a peculiar sound when used as audio amps and they tend to smooth out rough…
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VCA Compressor

Voltage-controlled amplifiers, also known as VCA compressors, have the fastest response of the attack and release parameters. VCAs usually have less coloration than optical or tube compressors and are fairly similar to digital tape in terms of recording. These types of compressors are cheaper than tube or optical compressors. Voltage-controlled amps provide the highest amounts…
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FET Compressor

Field effect transistors, also known as FET, are a type of dynamic audio effect. FET compressors are designed to maintain more transients, so they add an extra punch in contrast to the variable. These extra punches are known as mu and VCA compressors. Generally, the slowest attack time on the FET compressor is much faster…
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Audio Limiter

A limiter is an audio effect that allows the signals below an established level or input power to remain untouched while weakening the peaks of the stronger audio signals. Although newer versions might have an extra limiter mode, we will focus on the two main ones: limiting or dynamic range compression and audio clipping. Limiters…
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Noise Gate

A noise gate is an audio effect that can be considered an expander with a slope of -∞. This feature can mute the signal that falls below the selected threshold. The noise effect gates out the noise by setting the threshold just above the level of the background noise. As a result, the gate opens…
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Transient Shaper

A transient shaper, also known as a transient designer or modulator, is a type of audio processor that is very similar to a compressor. The transient shaper is a level-independent dynamic processor. A transient is a high amplitude, short-duration sound that is placed at the beginning of a waveform that appears in percussion sounds. These…
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Multi-Band Compressor

Compressors are the most important tools in the modern audio era. In essence, a compressor is an audio tool that helps alter the dynamic range of a signal. This process is done by reducing the volume of the louder parts or by simply amplifying the quieter parts of the sound. A multi-band compressor is a…
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Overdrive

Overdrive is a gain-based effect commonly mistaken with a distortion effect. This effect occurs when input gain surpasses the capacity of a device to handle the amount of gain it receives. When the device we are talking about is a tube, the smooth waveform that goes into the device gets clipped, and we perceive this…
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