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by A. Debicki (9/11/2014):

This plugin must have the most uses per parameter of any plugin I own. It can fix bad sounds, e ... Read more

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Overview

SPL® Transient Designer Plug-In

Emulation of the First Hardware Device Used For Level-Independent Shaping of Envelopes

The SPL Transient Designer is considered a “modern classic” and a recording-studio essential that is regularly employed as a “secret weapon” mix tool by some of the world’s finest engineers. Ed Cherney, Joe Chicarelli, Ross Hogarth and Michael Brauer all use this amazing device in their work. Universal Audio has partnered with Germany’s Sound Performance Lab (SPL) to bring you the Transient Designer, with its unique and compelling Differential Envelope Technology for shaping the dynamic response of a sound, allowing transients to be accelerated or slowed down and sustain prolonged or shortened. Two simple audio controls allow effortless reshaping of the attack and sustain characteristics.

The Transient Designer has a multitude of studio applications and can be used to solve many types of audio track problems. You can shorten or lengthen the attack and sustain of percussive signals such as kick drum, snare or toms, easily take the bleed from open mics, or expand the room sound of overheads. The Transient Designer’s magic can be applied to virtually any other signal as well: Amplify or reduce the picking sound of an acoustic guitar, hold the sound of strings longer, reduce the reverb time of a choir. Attack can be amplified or attenuated by up to 15 dB while Sustain can be amplified or attenuated by up to 24 dB. Lastly, Output allows quick gain matching with the unprocessed signal

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  • David Isaac

    (Marcus Miller, Anita Baker)

    "The UAD SPL Transient Designer adds an energy that will bring out the life in your audio every time!"

    Hank Shocklee

    (Public Enemy)

    "The SPL Transient Designer gives that extra grunge and ‘shizznic’ that makes the extra goodies in my tracks mash nicely."

    Mike Shipley

    (Allison Kraus, Maroon 5)

    "The [SPL] Transient Designer for UAD to me, is much closer to the hardware than anything else I've heard."

    Ed Cherney

    (Rolling Stones)

    "[The Transient Designer plug-in is] really good on a snare drum, especially if you have a dead one. It just livens it up."

    Jeff Balding

    (Amy Grant)

    "One way I use the Transient Designer plug-in is to lengthen the sustain of a snare drum, without messing with the attack.."

  • Gavin Monaghan

    (The Twang)

    "[I use the] SPL Transient Designer on the overheads and ambient mics."

    Matt Knobel

    (Mary J. Blige)

    "The [SPL] Transient Designer is one of the best plug-ins UA has done ... this plug-in is spectacular."

    George Shilling

    (Resolution)

    "[The SPL plug-in] generally has all the function and sound of the hardware, and I anticipate this will get a lot of use here."

    George Shilling

    (Resolution)

    "[The SPL Transient Designer] has all the function & sound of the hardware, I anticipate this will get a lot of use here."

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    Best value per parameter
    by A. Debicki (Thursday 6 September, 2012)

    This plugin must have the most uses per parameter of any plugin I own. It can fix bad sounds, enhance good sounds, reduce ambience, give instruments more body, make instruments fit better in the mix (in many ways) and so much more. The Transient Designer has on multiple occasions fixed a problem wit … Read More

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    by P. Shikata (Friday 3 August, 2012)

    so far ..... so good. sooooo good. i haven't even tried it on instruments YET ....... as i am a musician, and a sound designer / editor .......... i just used it on my last edit, for an episode of the tv series 'copper' ....... in which there was a bare knuckle boxing match, and horse and carriage s … Read More

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    by B. Matheny (Thursday 14 June, 2012)

    If you want the thwack/attack of your percussion to cut through a mix, use this plugin. I put it on a djembe that I was having a hard time getting to cut through in a mix and WOW!!!!! What a difference. I had been trying to eq the djembe to get the right sound, no avail. I put the Tansient Designer … Read More

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    by I. BUMBA (Sunday 3 June, 2012)

    Brilliant plug-in for drums. I use it sometimes for vocals to achieve the effect simillar to reverb. The effect that I get sounds like a mix of reverb and sustain, which gives a rich tone. … Read More

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    by S. Hurtow (Sunday 20 May, 2012)

    What I love about the SPL Transient Designer is that it offers a unique alternative where compression may not necessarily be the most suitable tool for the job. The way the sustain control works is quite remarkable. I love the fact that not only I can increase the sustain, but also shorten it if nee … Read More

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Artists
  • Ben Lindell Mixes Amanda Brown's Debut Single With

    Ben Lindell details his mix with UAD plug-ins for Amanda Brown's debut single, "Fly Away," off of the EMW charity album, Shuffle. Read More

    Vampire Weekend Production Goes Mobile with Apollo

    Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij produced Vampire Weekend's latest album with Apollo and UAD-2. Read More

    Ryan Hewitt

    In this UA Artist Tips & Tricks video, Ryan Hewitt demonstrates how he used UAD Powered Plug-In favorites on The Avett Brothers' latest album. Read More

  • Dave Isaac

    Three-time GRAMMY® Winner Dave Isaac Shares Tips for Widening Tracks with UAD Powered Plug-Ins... Read More

    Jacknife Lee

    An Irish musician, remixer, producer, and engineer, Jacknife Lee has worked with legendary rock bands... Read More

    Ed Cherney

    GRAMMY® and TEC award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney is one of funniest people you could ever meet. He’s also one of the most talented. Read More

  • Nathaniel Kunkel

    I met Nathaniel Kunkel several years ago at an audio conference and was impressed by how self assured and outspoken he was for his young age. Read More

    Matt Boudreau

    I know — we interviewed Matt Boudreau back in March about his racks of UA outboard gear and four UAD-1 cards... Read More

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Features & Specs

SPL® Transient Designer Plug-In

Features:

  • UA-modeled, SPL endorsed plug-in version of Transient Designer’s unique Differential Envelope Technology
  • Increase or decrease the transients of percussive sources for greater impact, or a softened response
  • Sustain of sources can be transparently shortened or increased
  • Reduces or increases room sound or preexisting reverb on virtually any source
  • Highly useful as a gate substitute, a transparent tool for minimizing mic bleed
  • Attack can be amplified or attenuated by up to 15 dB while Sustain can be amplified or attenuated by up to 24 dB
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

See the UAD Instance Chart here

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Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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