Track spacer

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2 posts since 19 Sep, 2021

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:00 pm

been wanting to buy this plugin for a while and i wanted to read some honest opinions about it, and maybe when and where do you find yourself needing it? tnx

1040 posts since 16 Jan, 2018 from Portland, OR USA

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:07 pm

I have the full izotope package, where neutron can do something similar (among many other plugins that you can also mess around sidechain, etc., to get the desired result with conflicting frequencies or overall congestion), but honestly, Trackspacer is so stupidly easy and efficient I can't remember the last time I had to resort to something else when I wanted to solve some conflicting frequencies. I use it constantly, and not only for the bass/kick thing that you find all over YouTube. You can really make room for this and that element in the mix with just a bit of help from trackspacer. Black Friday is around the corner, I'd keep my eyes open.
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488 posts since 10 Jan, 2017

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:22 pm

It takes about 2 seconds to set up and works very well - though does use a little more CPU than attempting similar processes with other plugins. I use it on kick/bass and vocals/midrange elements - where a little goes a long way.

2180 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:51 pm

Note that you can also get this result from Sonible's smart:EQ3 (which also deals with auto EQing). There, you can set your tracks in several categories, say lead first (meaning nothing covers the lead), then drums and bass, then pads and stuff. Really cool, and a world first, I think.

It's 129 bucks, but student rates apply (40% off).

Of course, using Trackspacer is probably quicker, as it's more of a one-trick-pony (AFAIK), but then again, to my knowledge it doesn't have a multi-track setup.
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225 posts since 11 May, 2010

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 6:08 pm

I've only used it a bit (I don't mix that often, and just do it for a hobby) and I agree that a little goes a long way. It can get (too) aggressive quickly as far as cutting bites out of the track.

Being old school I'm a bit more comfortable with just using EQ or side-chaining compressors (neither of which is really the same thing, though they can serve a similar purpose.)

I got it on a big sale last holiday season, which is pretty much how I get almost everything :D

3466 posts since 2 Jul, 2005

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 6:26 pm

I use it in anything that has a lead vocal. I almost exclusively use it in mid side mode with more of an emphasis on pushing the mids back a bit. Also as has been mentioned a very little bit goes a long way. I generally set it so that the line is hardly moving with the main dip following the fundamental frequency. I also use the HP and LP filters to keep things between 200 and 2000 or so.
It is also good for large reverbs that you want to add on a vocal but you don't want the vocal to sound washed out. For special effects you can do the opposite of subtle and duck the shit out of the side channel so that tons of stereo effects come in during quiet and silent bits.

All in all I find it's the best at doing the one thing it's designed to do and it's a great company that I like to support.
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1131 posts since 24 Jul, 2008 from England

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:17 am

I always planned on buying it, as I like the company and the product. However, when I finally tested it out against MSpectralDynamics (& other competitors), I found that Trackspacer used a few more CPU cycles. Add that to the fact MSpectralDynamics is capable of much more than spectral ducking, I didn't end up purchasing Trackspacer. YMMV.

My honest opinion is that it's a useful process & a great plugin, that is done better and more efficiently by MSpectralDynamics. Which is crazy when you consider how old that plugin is. The GUI might not be as pretty as Trackspacer, but the functionality is superior, IMHO. :tu:

3001 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:50 am

Buy it, because others have use for it...

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