The Transient Designer (Model 2880) is based upon the original analog processor from SPL which established the revolutionary concept for level-independent dynamic processing. It is completely different in principle from common compression technologies that are based upon processing signals from a specific signal level.
Mode of Operation and Applications
Thanks to the level-independent processing the setting of a threshold is not necessary. Other common controls of dynamic processing, such as ratio or parameters for time-constants, are automated and optimized adaptively in a musical manner. After all, only two controls allow to completely reshape the attack and sustain characteristics of a sound. Attack can be amplified or attenuated by up to 15dB while sustain can be amplified or attenuated by up to 24 dB.
Working with the Transient Designer is very simple, however, the possibilities for studio and live application are seemingly endless. Thus, in a very obvious and simple way, the Transient Designer opens a whole new dimension in dynamic processing with entirely new and vast possibilities for dynamic manipulation and processing that cannot even be duplicated with several daisy-chained, conventional compressors or other dynamics devices.
The "Settings" feature allows to store four different sets of adjustments. Much faster than with the usual save and recall presets dialogs, the settings can be stored and recalled by just one click. The Settings A, B, C, D can be included into the automation of host applications to apply different sets of parameters to different parts of a song.