Surreal Machines releases Transient Machines Max for Live pack 02/11/16
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Transient Machines is a Max for Live Pack that allows for deep sound-shaping possibilities. Modelled after the transient designers found in professional recording studios, Transient Machines is a versatile tool for reshaping the dynamics of drums, loops, and much more.
A spokesperson told us, "Transient shaping is a special process that allows you to quickly sculpt the 'sharpness' of a sound and it's dynamics. With this tool you can increase or decrease the attack portion, making the sound more or less punchy; and you can increase or decrease the decay portion of a sound, making it fade out slower or quicker. With less Sustain, the sound will feel 'tighter" and with more sustain the sound becomes 'fuller'."
Transient Machines contains two special dynamics processors based on transient shaping, Impact, described as a full blown multi-band drum processing channel strip, and Crack, described as a compact, easy to use transient shaper and loudness tool. This is what Ableton has to say about them...
Impact is designed to help with the more nitty-gritty, detail-oriented aims of transient shaping. The multi-channel processor is switchable between one, two or three bands of transient modification -- this means that different frequency bands can be adjusted independently, so that if you wanted to emphasize the attack of some airy hi-hats while, in the same sample, dulling the attack of a low-rumbling kick drum, you could do simply by adjusting the Attack and Sustain controls for each frequency band. As part of its dynamic processing chain, Impact also includes four switchable styles of analog-modelled saturation, along with a final processing section that includes a clipper, limiter and a maximizer designed specifically to work with transient materials. This ensures that you are not only able to shape your transients exactly how you want, but you can also add some additional character to your sounds in the process.
Crack is the workhorse of the Transient Machines pack. The compact transient shaper is ideal for more utility purposes, such as adjusting the properties of a single drum sound or quickly adjusting a loop. In addition, Crack also features Dry/Wet signal controls, enabling you to make interesting blends using both the processed audio and the original signal.
Like Impact, Crack features a custom limiter for peak reduction, soft analog-modeled clipping, and a maximizer specially tuned for use with transient materials.