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SONNOX Oxford Envolution

When it comes to transient shaping, Sonnox is pushing the envelope. Mike Hillier explores Oxford Envolution…

Transient shapers combine elements of compressors and expanders into a single tool for controlling the envelope of a signal. By splitting the signal into the ‘attack’ and ‘sustain’ portions, the user can then turn up or down each portion as they desire. Transient shapers are most commonly used on drums and other percussive signals, to add either presence or distance to the signal, but they can also be used on many other instruments to either bring up or push back the transients or the room sound, just as you otherwise would with a compressor or expander.

While many transient-shaping tools, such as the highly revered SPL Transient Designer hardware, offer only basic tools – the SPL Transient Designer having just two knobs, Attack and Sustain – the Sonnox Oxford Envolution provides parameter junkies with everything they could want. The ‘attack’ portion, referred to here as ‘Transients’, has attack, hold, release and sensitivity controls in addition to the main gain knob, while the ‘Sustain’ portion has hold, attack and release controls alongside the main gain control. Both Transient and Sustain portions can be made frequency conscious, by clicking one of the FREQ buttons, which opens up a basic one-band EQ, which can be switched from Focus (think standard parametric, with variable Q) to Tilt (which provides either a hi- or low-frequency shelving EQ, with 6 or 12dB/octave slopes). The main output section has its own fader for gain staging, a mix knob, and a Warmth control which adds in additional harmonic saturation. Additionally, there’s a DIFF button, which outputs only the changes in the signal, which can be useful for hearing what the processor is doing, or conceivably for creative sound design.

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