Audio Toolkit shines when the pipeline is fixed (filter-wise and parameter-wise). But in DAWs, automated parameters are often used, and to avoid glitches, it’s interesting to additionally smooth parameters of the pipeline. So let’s see how this can be efficiently achieved.
I’m happy to announce the release of a mono autoswell based on the Audio Toolkit. They are available on Windows and OS X (min. 10.8) in different formats.
This plugin applies a ratio to the global gain of a signal once it is higher than a given threshold. This means that contrary to a compressor where the power of the signal will never go lower than the threshold, for AutoSwell, it can.
I’ve decided to create a real space for Audio ToolKit. The idea is to make it more visible, with a consistent message to the users.
In addition to this move, this blog has move to a subdomain there (and you may have noticed it) and Audio ToolKit documentation as well.
This is mainly a bug fix release. A nasty bug on increasing processing sizes would corrupt the input data and thus change the results. It is advised to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.
Google is intriguing and there are plenty of books on the company. Who did it grow to such a beast? What is their true purpose? This is one of these books, published 5 years ago. Is it still relevant today?
Continue reading Book review: Googled: The End of the World As We Know It
I’m happy to announce the release of a stereo limiter based on the Audio Toolkit. They are available on Windows and OS X (min. 10.8) in different formats.
This stereo plugin limits both channels by getting the max of the instantaneous power of them and applying a limiting gain function on them. There is no oversampling inside the plugin, so the output signal can overshoot.
I’m happy to announce the update of the side-chain stereo compressor and expander based on the Audio Toolkit. They are available on Windows and OS X (min. 10.8) in different formats.
These stereo plugins can work on two channels, left/right or middle/side, possibly in linked mode (only one set of parameters), and can be set up to mix the input signal with the compressed signal (serial/parallel compression). The side chain channels can be used to steer the gain stage (the same setup will be used, right/left or middle/side), depending on the switch on the top right of the plugins. The same coloration stage than ATKColoredCompressor and ATKColoredExpander are used here.
This effectively makes ATKStereoCompressor obsolete, as the compressor can be set up in the same conditions as ATKStereoCompressor.
These new versions have more parameters than the previous ones, which means that the parameters used in a project with the former version won’t be loaded in the same way for these new versions.
This is the first stable release of the Audio Toolkit, after more than a year of development. In addition to the serial pipeline, there is now an option to use TBB to render each chunk in parallel. The pipeline can also return the maximum latency the pipeline possesses if all latency information is given during the build of the pipeline.
Additional filters were also added to complement the current set of filters.
For several months, I only implemented a basic attack-release filter in Audio Toolkit (here). But of course, there are filters that have a more custom behavior. The usual additional parameter that can be seen in these filters is called hysteresis.
Continue reading Audio Toolkit: Attack Release filter with hysteresis
I’m happy to announce the release of a colored compressor plugin as well as a colored expander plugin based on the Audio Toolkit. They are available on Windows and OS X (min. 10.8) in different formats. They are effectively replacing the ATKCompressor and ATKExpander plugins by adding several new parameters: RMS filter (set it to 0 to get peak detection from the old plugins), color (gain change around the threshold, positive color adding gain and negative color removing gain), quality (affecting the coloring on a smaller or bigger area around the threshold). The expander also has a maximum reduction parameter, allowing the user to specify the maximum amount of gain reduction below the threshold.