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Flux - BitterSweet Pro (Transient Designer)

BitterSweet Pro is a 'Frequecny Dependent Transient Designer', built on an advanced and improved algorithm design of that found in the acclaimed first generation BitterSweet freeware plug-in, used by hundreds of thousands of engineers and sound designers around the world.

What is a Transient Designer?

A Transeint Designer is in its basic form a tool to manipulate the attack and/or sustain portion of a sound source. Originally designed by Rubin Tilgner for Sound Performance Labs, it makes use of combined VCA's (voltage controlled amplifiers) and Envelope Followers to increase or decrease amplitube at the transient stage or sustain/tail. This can create some exciting application control for drums, guitars, bass, vocals, and for use in mastering. It is considered a staple and essential unit in any professional studio.

Common Applications

Drums
Make your drums cut through the mix, sound punchy, alive and have energy to drive a song by increasing the amplitude of their transients directly on tracks or in parallel for ease of automation in sections. Soften transients to make a kit sound more roomy, dampen Snares (and their ring) or Toms by reducing their sustain whilst using the frequency range to fine tune tone processing.

Bass/Guitar
As a compressor can effectively extend notes by raising lower level audio, so too can BitterSweet Pro by increasing sustain. But again, what's great with this plug-in, is that you can set a frequency range to enact this process and say for example extend low-end in a Rock driven track, or in advanced use automate the frequency range for each note and sculpt the sound at the fundamental or harmonics, add exciment, beef up a guitar solo.

Room mics
Flavour your room mics, increase the apparent size with sustain, enhance and excite the ambience with transient attack, and virtualise reflective materials at selective frequencies.

Availability

BitterSweet Pro is available in:

  • AU / VST / AAX Native / AAX DSP / AAX AudioSuite / Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 MassCore/Native**

Processing Specifications

BitterSweet Pro v3, as all Flux:: plug-ins, provide

  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.
  • 64-bits internal floating point processing.
  • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz DXD (Pyramix & Ovation MassCore/Native)**
  • Sampling rate up to 192 kHz for Native (AU/VST/AAX/AAX AudioSuite). 

Compatibility

All major native formats as well as AVID AAX DSP are supported

  • Windows - 7 SP1, 8, 8,1 and 10 all in both 32 and 64 bits*.
    • VST (2.4)
    • AAX Native/DSP*
    • AAX AudioSuite*
    • Waves WPAPI
    • Merging VS3 (Only in Windows 7 32/64 bits)**
  • Mac OS X (Intel)- 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.5 and 10.11.5 in both 32 and 64 bits*.
    • VST (2.4)
    • AU
    • AAX Native/DSP*
    • AAX AudioSuite*
    • Waves WPAPI 

Availability

  • BitterSweet Pro is available in:
  • AU / VST / AAX Native / AAX DSP / AAX AudioSuite / Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 MassCore/Native** 

Processing Specifications

  • BitterSweet Pro v3, as all Flux:: plug-ins, provide
  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.
  • 64-bits internal floating point processing.
  • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz DXD (Pyramix & Ovation MassCore/Native)**
  • Sampling rate up to 192 kHz for Native (AU/VST/AAX/AAX AudioSuite).

Compatibility

  • All major native formats as well as AVID AAX DSP are supported
  • Windows - 7 SP1, 8, 8,1 and 10 all in both 32 and 64 bits*.
  • VST (2.4)
  • AAX Native/DSP*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 (Only in Windows 7 32/64 bits)**
  • Mac OS X (Intel) - 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.5 and 10.11.5 in both 32 and 64 bits*.
  • VST (2.4)
  • AU
  • AAX Native/DSP*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Waves WPAPI

* BitterSweet Pro AAX Native/DSP & AAX AudioSuite supports 32 bit in Pro Tools 10.3.5 and 64 bit in Pro Tools 11.

**VS3 32/64 bit versions for Pyramix 9 & Ovation Native/MassCore available only through Merging Technologies

Due to AVID ProTools changing to AAX, from Version 3 (v3) RTAS for AVID ProTools is not supported. 

Software License Requirements

In order to use the software one of the following alternatives is required

  • An iLok.com user account (the iLok USB Smart Key is not required)
  • A Flux:: USB Dongle

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