Issue 204 of Computer Music Magazine features a special version of Transector, entitled Transector CM. Definitely check it out. I am really honored that they approached me to make a special plugin for the magazine.
There is a video here the goes over the basics of Transector CM. It is a great video, and it hits on a lot of features of Transector CM, as well as showing how the transient detector can be tuned to more accurately detect certain transients. The nice thing about the video is that all of the features they discuss about Transector CM also apply to Transector.
There have been a few questions about the differences between Transector CM and the full version. The differences are:
– Transector adds the ability to split the signal into Mid and Side, instead of left and right. The M/S controls let you choose how much transient shaping to apply to the mid and side channels. This is really useful when you want to tweak a stereo track, like drums, and add more punch just to the center channel. The M/S controls also include a width and balance control. Width and balance can be used in M/S mode, or in stereo L/R mode.
- Transector also includes specific controls for adjusting the side chain signal. The side chain signal is what is used to detect the transients. The Low and High controls are high pass and low pass filters, that can be used to filter out sounds that shouldn’t be used to detect the transients. A solo button lets you hear the side chain, and is helpful in adjusting the filters. Another feature is the Transect can accept an external side chain input. So, another track could be used entirely.
- Transector also includes a Noise Floor control. In Transector CM, this is a fixed level. Transector lets you adjust this, which is used to fine-tune the transient detector process.
- Transector has an AVG Mode button. This changes how the Attack, Release, and Sustain values are calculated. In AVG Mode, the volume changes are smoother, albeit, not as drastic as when the button is disengaged.
- Finally, Transector is getting an update that will include AAX and RTAS plugin support.