How To Enhance Transients With Enveloper

Transients, or the attack phases of sounds, are very important in music. A transient is what makes a snare snappy, a kick punchy, andsoforth. Those first signature milliseconds are telling you : ‘Smack, I’m a snare, and I’m loud’ … or : ‘I wish they’d hit me harder’ …Compression is still a good way to work those transients, like it’s always been. But there’s a quicker way to alter the initial phase of a sound with Enveloper. And it’s level-independent.

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The two Gain Faders, one for the Attack Phase and the other for Release, are most important. Attack Time is next, with this you control how much (as in time) of the original Attack Phase will be altered. Around 20 ms is a good place to start. Release Time lets you alter the release phase. For a complete description of all knobs, visit Apple’s Logic Studio Effects Guide.

Let’s see what this looks like graphically.

Here’s a snare, before and after treatment with Enveloper:

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Just by looking at it you can tell it’s snappier. The first couple of spikes at the beginning are louder in the second graph. Let’s zoom out a bit, and work the tail of the audiofile by adding 70% gain to the Release Phase:

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Endless possibilities. By decreasing the Gain Faders below zero, you can decrease the impact of percussive sounds and remove reverb from sounds respectively. When working with loops instead of single shots, adjust the threshold until transients are correctly detected.

More plugins, similar trick:

SPL Transient Designer
Waves Trans-X Wide
Waves Trans-X Multi (Multiband, ouch!)
Sonnox Oxford Transient Modulator

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