Based on the Transient Emphasis section of the award winning Elevate Mastering Limiter, Punctuate is a multi-band transient modulator based on the critical bands in the human ear. Punctuate's intelligent algorithms allow you to control the transient emphasis or suppression of all 26 critical bands with just 4 controls. This makes for an incredibly powerful, but very easy to use, transient modulator.
Turn it Up Transient shapers are used by top mix engineers to either crank up or soften the transients of instruments, emphasizing either the attack or sustain. However, traditional transient shapers work on the whole signal at once, modulating the whole frequency range when the transient snap is only happening in one band.
Punctuate uses a model of the human ear to run a set of transient shapers across the whole spectrum of human hearing. This allows you to tailor the attack of a whole range of instruments, busses, and whole mixes without messing with the entire frequency range. The result is unparalleled transient shaping power focused where you need it, and not where you don’t.
You can turn the drums up or down in an entire mix.
Turn up just the kick drum, without effecting the bass
Pull hi-hats out of the snare mic
Turn up the snare crack, while turning down the thump
Bring instruments like acoustic guitars and pianos forward in the mix, or push them back
Breathe life back into dull or overcompressed mixes
26 Transient Modulators aligned to the critical bands of the human ear
Adaptive Transient slider allows bands to work independently or smoothes them for more natural processing
Emphasize or Suppress transients in each band, using the global Transient Emphasis slider to scale the overall processing
Transient Length and Adaptive Transient Length controls allow you to fine tune the transient length
Scrolling meter display shows the transient modulation in each band
Mix control for parallel processing
Same mastering quality input and output section available in all Elevate plug-ins
Solo and reconfigure the bands for in depth sound design
The Science Behind Punctuate
Punctuate uses these filters to break the incoming audio signal into the 26 critical bands, and runs a transient shaper on each band for unprecedented control over the transients of the audio signal. By doing this Punctuate allows you to add punch in only the places where the signal needs, instead of just slamming the level of the entire signal up and down at the transient point. Because you have independent control over the bands, you can even emphasize transients in some bands while supressing them in others.
Because it’s based on Critical Bands, it does this in such a way that sounds natural to the human ear, so you don’t hear any artifacts. Finally, Punctuate allows you to smooth the transient modulation across bands using the ADAPTIVE TRANSIENT control. This allows you to run the bands independently for ultimate control, or couple them for a smoother sound.