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When applying dynamic effects, we are rarely going to need the entire timing ranges available, depending on the tempo, right? Tempo Dynamics provides go-to racks with minimum and maximum values hard-wired to ranges most potentially useful, given the chosen tempo — avoiding values that are likely too fast or too slow to be helpful.
Want to limit, squish, groovify, level, expand, or gate something?
Reach for one of these racks in the nearest available tempo, and with handy knobs available to fine-tune, then dial it in quickly without worrying about the numbers or graphs… all while retaining the human element of your personal touch still in place.
The macro knobs are also useful for automating in an arrangement, say to let something breathe more during one section and then clamp down during another.
Generally known for decreasing dynamic range, by adjusting the settings carefully, you can also acheive a sort of “reactive dance” feeling, which is more about imparting a sense of groovy movement.
The opposite of a compressor, an expander reacts to the same trigger signal, but instead of squeezing down on material that exceeds the threshold, it boosts those moments even more. Can be useful for re-invigorating overly flattened material, or to boost punchiness with minimal increase to the ambient noise floor.
That annoying noise in-between note hits, where it’s supposed to be silent. Pretend it doesn’t exist. Gate it.
“Pick, Drop, Push, & Blend”
Despite its distinction as classic “buss” style compressor, they are used on individual tracks all the time, due to their ease-of-implementation thanks to the stepped controls and generally tasteful, refined sound.
You don’t even have to think about the timing controls for these. Just pick a tempo, drop the rack in, push it, gainstage it, and blend it. Done.
For these, the lookahead is based on the tempo, but the release is highly adjustable. Fairly fast default release times are given, but the adjustable range for each is quite versatile. Slower release times can lead to a cleaner (but not as loud) end result.
Segmentations of timing ranges for the presets were scaled in a way that made the most of the full available ranges of the native devices. These mathematically-derived scalings were then tested and fine-tuned thoroughly across various sorts of audio material to confirm their musicality and practicality when used at those bpms.
Tip: Double Trouble! Sometimes, a clip might be warped to be shown as half or double the tempo that it actually “feels like” (for example, a dubstep or trap beat with a “double-time” hi-hat pattern). In a case like this, simply use the rack with double (or half) the clip’s shown tempo.