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Voxengo Introduces the Transmodder VST Filter


August 24, 2004

Transmodder is a transient-driven filtering system in PC VST plug-in
format. Transmodder can be also called a transient modification system since
it allows the user to modify the audio material by means of dynamic filtering–in
accordance with the transient content of the signal–delivering a sonic pronunciation
and definition.

The core element of Transmodder is transient analyzer which processes narrow-
or broad-band signal and detects all rising-level transients such as snare
drum, bass drum, high hat hits, vocal syllables and other types of transients.
In the course of detection transient analyzer generates envelope signal which
replicates transient structure of the signal being analyzed. This also includes
detection of differences between sharp and soft transients which generate high
and low envelope levels, respectively.

Transmodder features five dynamic filters. Each can be controlled by envelope
signals generated by up to two transient analyzers. The good thing about the
filters used in Transmodder is that they work in a bypass mode when the envelope
stays at zero causing no coloration to take place. This is especially useful
in mastering applications where processing transparency is usually desirable.

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The most evident purpose of this plug-in is to make the bass and high frequency
content stand out in the mix or make it less noticable. This effect is very
different from what a compressor/expander does because Transmodder 'sees' transients
only. So, if there is a cymbal sound, only its very beginning will be 'seen'
by Transmodder: cymbal sound's body will be left unchanged, according to the
company. Moreover, transient detection does not depend on the absolute incoming
sound level. That is why in Transmodder there is no such parameter as 'processing
threshold'. Transmodder can also be used as a mastering-stage plug-in or aa
an insert effecr.

Transmodder features:

  • Four transient analyzers
  • Five dynamic filters
  • Real-time spectrum analyzer
  • Transient detection meters
  • Mid/side channel processing
  • Factory presets
  • “A-to-B” comparisons
  • Mono-to-Stereo, Stereo-to-Stereo processing
  • All sample rates supported
  • 64-bit internal precision
  • Native assembler DSP code

Introductory price is USD 59.00.

For more information, visit their web site at

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