Tools to refine your mix
Tools to refine your mix
Digital Performer provides a complete array of equalization, filtering, dynamics processing, and other bread-and-butter production processors. Use them in concert with the MasterWorks series plug-ins to take your mix to world-class heights. The plug-ins describe below are just a sampling of the dozens available in Digital Performer for mixing and mastering applications.
Dynamic Equalizer combines multi-band EQ with dynamics processing and volume control. Three parametric bands and two shelving bands each provide both volume control and a full-featured compressor, complete with lookahead that can be set to different values for each frequency band. Use the realtime FFT display and solo each band as you perfect the balance and dynamic response across the frequency spectrum. The result? Clarity, balance, and punch, especially for broad-band audio material, such as a drum set or full mix.
Precision Delay's unique, breakthrough design helps you phase-align complex signals. For example, if you record a guitar amp or an acoustic instrument from two different mics placed at different distances, the time delay between them will likely cause phase issues that make the two channels sound hollow or affected by a comb-filter-like rasp when played together. The solution? Feed both signals into Precison Delay and click the ALIGN button. Precision Delay performs complex, real-time analysis on the signals to determine phase similarities, then instantly aligns the signals with sub-sample precision. You can further manually adjust to find the "sweet spot" to your ears.
Spatial Maximizer takes a stereo signal and gives you independent control over center (mid) content versus the panned (side) content. Applications go way beyond prepping final mixes for vinyl mastering with side band high-pass filtering and mid band bass enhancement. Each band can be independently processed with a full-featured, five-band dynamic equalizer, allowing you to mould and shape any stereo track or mix. Enjoy dramatic levels of control over the stereo spectrum and spatial impression of a complete stereo mix, or individual tracks within a stereo mix.
De-essing is the process of removing unwanted sibilance from a vocal track. Based on a dynamic peaking EQ for adaptive de-essing, Digital Performer's De-Esser lets you quickly zero in on the offending frequencies and surgically reduce them. Work graphically with adjustable sensitivity and look-ahead, which effectively anticipates fast sibilance. De-Esser can also be useful for selectively gating narrow-band noise and smoothing high-gain guitar tracks in the 2k to 4k band.