Well, right now I am working on a Transient Shaper. I know, why? There are already a number of good transient shapers around. I personally like Transient from Sleepy-Time Records. It is a freebie, and it is highly configurable.
Right now, I have three reasons for doing this:
1. I want to apply a similar GUI from ClipShifter to a transient plugin. When I am mixing something, I personally do better if I have a plugin that provides great visual feedback about the processing. It is always about listening, but my ears are better with my eyes helping out. Compressors and EQs are especially prime candidates for visual GUI feedback.
2. All of the transient shapers that I have used are subtle. They are very useful, but they typically lack extreme settings. I want something that can be pushed to the point of sounding ridiculous. In my tests, I am already finding that this is a challenge. Being able to push a transient shaper to the extremes requires a lot of tweaking of the detection process and the gain processing to minimize glitches.
3. A transient shaper plugin is a means to a different end. If you can separate out the attacks and the releases, why can’t you start applying other effects separately to the attacks and releases…and that is what I want to design.
Let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions about transient shaping.