The key to mixing – controlling ”transients”
TransX is a plugin that uses attack components to control the sounds attack, pull and reverberation (transients).
All transients can be edited with Wide, and edited by frequency band with Multi.
Though it looks complicated at first, once grasping the basics, it will prove as a valuable tool for your mixing and sound design.
TransX – Tutorial video
1 – Basics and parameters ＊Current article
2 – Real world use
Increase/decrease attack with Range
Range determines how much to enhance/decrease the attack.
Amounts above 0 will enhance, and below will decrease the attack.
Too much increase leads to clipping, so be sure to edit output with the Trim button.
In contract, raising the Trim when decreasing attack will help draw out the sound.
Attack recognition sensitivity with Sens
Sens is short for Sensitivity, and determines how much attack is recognized.
Use it on tracks with lots of dynamics, to effect attacks over a certain threshold, or even having different amounts of application depending on the volume.
Detailed edits to transients via Duration & Release
Duration determines how long the attack material will be increased/decreased in milliseconds.
The longer its set the longer the effect, but when too long the non-attack sounds will end up increased/decreased as well, defeating the purpose of the transient effect.
It works hand in hand with the Sens parameter, so be careful of the balance between them when editing.
On the other hand, Release determines how long it take for the sound to return to its original state, after the time set in Duration passes.
The shorter it is the more obvious the effect, and when set longer it will create a more natural sound.
Editing via frequency band with Multi
In Multi, you can edit transients from 4 different frequency bands.
This works great for use on bus tracks and stereo MIX,
as well as for applying to very specific frequencies.
The Range and Sens can be set to frequency bands,
and Duration/Release is edited as a whole.
Of course, frequency bands can be edited, and turned on/off individually.
This isn’t too complicated to figure out once understanding all of the previously mentioned parameters,
and you can look at the visual screen to edit naturally and find the sound you want.
In our next article we will look at some real world uses.