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SPL Transient Designer Dynamics Plugins
Old 7th August 2002
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SPL Transient Designer

Hi Jules

I know in the past you were talking about getting in an SPL Transient Designer. I'm thinking of buying one myself, so did you go ahead and buy one, and if so having spent time with it, has it been a worthwhile addition?
Old 7th August 2002
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Not yet I KNEW there WAS something I needed to buy!

I am desperate to try one.

You go first! PLEASE!

heh

Anyone here have one?

Old 7th August 2002
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There's really nothing in my studio that does what the Transient Designer does. It does wonders on overheads when you want to have less of the room in the recording. You can almost make things sound like they were miked closer than you originally did. Kick and snare drums can sound even tighter. It is definitely a necessity when recording and mixing drums.
Old 7th August 2002
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The TC Triple-C is also very capable of envelope compression (and lots of other neat dynamic tricks, including multiband and a very good de-esser). Worth considering?

/Mats
Old 7th August 2002
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I gotta get me a 4 way unit...

Old 7th August 2002
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Jules, there's one in the Sound On Sound online adverts for £300
Old 8th August 2002
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Ahhh Thanks!

Old 8th August 2002
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I've got a four channel unit (not for sale) and it's really worth having one.It does things nothing else(in my studio) does .You can do great stuff with loops and percussion instruments in general .You only have two knobs and that's all that's needed.
Old 8th August 2002
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No probs, Jules - let me know how you get on. I'd have taken it myself, but quite frankly at this stage it would probably mean divorce!!
Old 8th August 2002
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I have heard alot about them but when doing some research I can't find any U.S. dealers. Anyone know where you can get them in the U.S?

-Z-
Old 8th August 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by ZEUSS
I have heard alot about them but when doing some research I can't find any U.S. dealers. Anyone know where you can get them in the U.S?

-Z-
I picked up a four channel unit about 18 months ago from Coast Recording Supply in LA... 323-462-6058... ask for carl dito and he'll hook ya up! it's like nothing else out there!

billy bush
Old 9th August 2002
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SPL is distributed in the US by Group One...the BlueSky speaker guys...
Old 12th August 2002
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West L.A. Music out here in Cali was able to get me one without any trouble. I've got the 2-channel version. Crazy box--like nothing else. It may seem "gimmicky" before you hear one, but it's a seriously well-made tool. Very effective for tweaking drums.

-chad
Old 6th September 2002
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Transient designer I'm gonna get one..

I really want one of these things...
(and I have never tried one)
Old 6th September 2002
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You won't regret it!rollz
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Old 6th September 2002
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Used one on horns about 2 weeks ago... it was the 'missing element'.
Old 6th September 2002
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What's so special about it?

Can't a common ole DAW recreate the 'technique'?

Cos it can't be a 'sound' thing...eh?
Old 7th September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Renie
What's so special about it?

Can't a common ole DAW recreate the 'technique'?

Cos it can't be a 'sound' thing...eh?
no.....it's the secret "weapon of choice" of more than a few rock mixers that I know...and they came out with a cheap two channel version. This (transient designer...can you say "super snare&toms"), a pair of royer121's, a pair of vipre pre's and pair of IBP's are what I'm soon after....
Old 7th September 2002
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RM, is the 2 channel version different besides having half the channels? That "cheap" grabbed my attention . . .

Bear
Old 7th September 2002
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Yeah how much do these go for? 4 Channels would be veeerry nice.
Old 7th September 2002
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okay .... anybody who's curious ... this should explain all

http://www.soundperformancelab.com/T.../in_short.html http://www.pro-music-news.com/html/02/e91218sp.htm
http://www.sospubs.co.uk/sos/aug00/articles/spl.htm

And it's so damn easy to use rollz
Now I want one heh
Old 7th September 2002
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Yeah, it's also on my shopping list for next year. I am big fan of this SPL stuff since I bought their 8 channel tube processor Charisma - Also heard their Channel One Pre Amp - great ****!
Old 7th September 2002
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The SPL Kultube is pretty cool too, actually.
Old 14th January 2003
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Transient designer......question?

I've seen the SPL Transient Dwsigner discussed here at GS but haven't encountered one in the real world.
Could someone explain it's uses, give a few examples of what it'd be really strong on?
thanks
Old 14th January 2003
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Its really great at manipulating the sustain of instruments(ie, Drums,bass and guitar). It also works great in a sub mult to bring out the attack in instruments(ie snare mult) without EQ. On a vocal it can work as an effect.

It is very clean/neutral with just a touch of sparkliness(similar sounding to a GML).

Sometimes I wish it had more character, but i guess you can't have everything.yuktyy
Old 14th January 2003
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In very simple terms, when used on individual drums or a kit (drumloop etc) you can tighten or expand the sound. Useful if you find the perfect loop but it's too ambient. Or you need to liven up some dead drums.
Kind of a one trick (ok, two) pony, but pretty cheap for a nice sounding box.
Old 14th January 2003
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How does it compare to a powerful compressor? It's abilities sound simmilar to what I can get out of my Distressor.
Old 14th January 2003
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How does it compare to a powerful compressor? It's abilities sound simmilar to what I can get out of my Distressor.
Can you tighten drums up so you are almost just hearing the initial hit?
Old 14th January 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by chrisso
Can you tighten drums up so you are almost just hearing the initial hit?
I assume you mean -only- hearing the initial hit?


Ok I don't mean to dfegad on the TD, but you can do that with a normal comp. Just feed the comp a very loud signal, set the ration real high, set the threshold real low, and adjust the attack so that the hit gets through, but then the tone gets squished. To totally mask the tone, run the signal through a gate afterwards so only the transient is heard.

Voila, little s***** bits for you.
Old 14th January 2003
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I want one to 'trick out' larger room sounds from my tiny drum booth.. and to perhaps go the other way - loose short reflections altogether to get 'super dead' sounds....

Who is using theirs on tracking or on mixing or on both... ???
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