Transients And Expanders

Hey! Lately I have been looking at ways to shape the transients of my drums. I have kinda grown sick of compressors and the squashed sound it creates. I dont mind a little light compression but I want to shape other parts of my drums. I was wondering if u use compressors and expanders in tandem? Or is it either one or the other? I’ve heard people saying that u should expand a sound first and then compress it but im not so sure…

I was hoping that maybe u could offer me some ways to shape transients. I have only really seen hardware compressors\expanders and am really looking for a software option for the time being.

thanks alot ;D

Try combining/mixing a compressed and uncompressed signal. That way you will both get the dynamic range and the sound of a compressed signal. Other areas to investigate in is by compressing only parts of the frequency band, like a de-esser does.

Expand and then compress? That seems rather counterintuitive. If you really need to fine-tune the dynamics of a sound, you’re best bet is to open it in an audio editor with volume envelope drawing.

Or you could use volume sliding commands in Renoise and render selection to sample. Or you could use the instrument volume envelopes. Or you could use the fade in/out functionality of Renoise’s built-in sample editor.

Or all of the above.

Something to look into would be multi-band compression. T-SLEDGE is a nice multi-band compressor/expander.

I’m using Flux Bittersweet 2 to keep my transients under control. It’s simple and it works beautifully.

How do I use Multiband compressors for this purpose? I have yet to learn how to use one properly :(

Perhaps this will give you some insight

Another multiband compressor that might be of interest:

A monitoring tool (S(m)exoscope)


Draw Bezier curves over your audio waveform to create envelope shapes to follow or clip to. Clean errors, sharpen transients, or design entirely new sounds. All in real time, with amazingly low CPU use. Try it!"

Can’t use it on my computer, can’t say how well it does the job.