Impact Soundworks has released Peak Rider, a new dynamics processing plugin in VST and AU formats.
Peak Rider operates by using a sidechain input to control the dynamics of the main input. As the sidechain signal fluctuates in volume, an envelope is created in real-time and applied to the main input. Each of the four processing modes (Exact, Noboost, Duck, Limit) changes how the sidechain signal is used to process the main input, while three analysis modes (Peak, RMS, Smooth) change how the signal is detected. Stereo signals can be processed as a mix or independently, and in both left/right and mid/side configurations.
Adding to its versatility, Peak Rider can process audio in both wideband and multiband modes, with each band including adjustable, variable-slope crossover filters. These bands can be set to real-time, zero-latency minimum phase mode, or linear phase mode for more accuracy. Each band also has independent controls for gain, attack/lookahead, decay, and transient shape.
Suggested uses for Peak Rider include tightening and matching harmony vocals to a main vocal track, restoring dynamics to over-saturated and distorted drum parts, creating new rhythmic elements based on existing rhythms and transients, surgically processing single bands or channels, gating, limiting, and transient shaping, to name just a few.
Peak Rider is available now as a digital download from the Impact Soundworks web store for the introductory price of $79 (full MSRP will be $99). Formats include PC VST and OSX AU formats, both with 32/64 bit versions. A demo version is also available.
More details are available from Impact Soundworks’ website.
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