Transients are the life force of modern music, and sometimes when your instruments just won’t pop in the mix after Eq and compression, then it’s time to reach for a transient designer.
The Orbit is a simple & lightweight tool that will help boost your transients and add bite to your mixes, and whilst the interface may be basic, don’t let that fool you, under the hood you’ll find the same DSP used in our Velo limiter, making the Orbit, a powerful little tool to add to your plugin arsenal.
The boost parameter will increase the intensity of the effect, and can deliver very subtle boosts, to extreme overdrive. A word of caution… Always check your levels before diving the boost too hard, your ears, monitors and neighbours will thank you for it.
Orbit uses a combination of logarithmic style envelope followers, allowing you to boost the transients of percussive instruments like beats, drums and percussion as well as rhythmical guitar and synth parts.
The mode feature lets you adjust Orbit’s algorithm to target slow, medium or fast transients. Usually this means you want to use the slow(left) setting for low frequency material like kick-drums and low synths, the medium(middle) setting for mid frequency material like snare-drums and guitars, and the fast(right) setting for high frequency material like hi-hats, rim clicks and claps.
The mix parameter allows you to use the Orbit much the same as you would use parallel compression. This is very useful when you want the sound of an extreme boost without the huge additional gain. Using the mix this way allows you to add character to the original signal.
Often times, bypassing a plugin directly in your DAW will create popping artifacts. The internal bypass parameter in the Orbit has been smoothed for pop free bypassing. This is particularly useful when automating the the plugin off & on through a mix.