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Transient Response - One of my favorite subjects..... Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 18th December 2012
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My only issue with Bruce’s original post might be this part:

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Originally Posted by Bruce Swedien View Post
Good transient response is especially important when recording acoustic instruments. This is one case where it’s extremely important for one to have equipment that is able to capture as much of the initial transient as possible, and all it’s accompanying delicate details.
I would say that “good transient response”, however that is defined, is equally important to ALL instruments, be they acoustic or electronic. Electronic instruments actually have the ability to generate much sharper transients than acoustic instruments can. Of course, we can’t have many preconceptions about synthetic sounds unless they happen to come from classic instruments. But squashing electronic transients can simply limit one’s sonic pallet and inhibit the exploration of new and interesting sounds. In the case of acoustic instruments, we do have many preconceptions. We know what these instruments sound like in real life. So squashing transients can rob acoustic music of its immediacy and naturalness.

Certainly everything should be on the table, at the complete discretion of the artists and/or engineers in accordance with their visions. But reflexively reaching for a compressor, just perhaps, might self-limit one’s own expression?

Just my thoughts.

Thomas
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