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Space Designer Clean Console - Introducing Peaks


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Hi All,

Although this is my first post in quite some time I've used this forum extensively the last few years, so thank you for that!

 

I recently came across the Clean Console IR in Space Designer. Last night I tried strapping this across my master drum bus. My master drum bus has a bit of compression that the snare excites. The master drum bus peaks at -10 dB on the snare. Strapping the SD with Clean Console as my last insert definitely darkened the sound, and seemed to bring the body of the snare and kick out a bit more. I rather liked it.

 

However, I noticed that even though I lost a bit of volume, my drum bus started peaking at -4.4 dB instead of -10 dB. I'm a bit confused as to what is going on here. It's almost as if there is some dynamic range expansion going on here, but from my understanding the SD algorithm is completely linear so that can't be. Also, the volume, to my ears, was not so much different, in fact maybe a bit less.

 

I achieved a similar "effect" with a bit of high-end shelving EQ, but not quite the same. I'd be curious to know if anyone has an idea of what is happening. Maybe I have no idea what I'm doing with Space Designer. Thank you!

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However, I noticed that even though I lost a bit of volume, my drum bus started peaking at -4.4 dB instead of -10 dB. I'm a bit confused as to what is going on here.

 

 

You gained 5.6dB and your saying that it is quieter? :roll:

 

I don't experience level loss (or gain) when using the SD clean console preset. However, it is adjustable.

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You gained 5.6dB and your saying that it is quieter? :roll:.

 

Yep. Maybe some examples would help. I can bounce a few examples down tonight and post them. It doesn't make sense to me either. My guess is that the SD clean console is giving me some peaks in the audio, but the RMS level is about the same, which is why the perceived volume is roughly the same.

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I figured out what it is.

 

The Clean Console SD impulse response has the effect of really accenting my transients. Check out the attached images. You can see that with no clean console ("Without_SD") the drums hit hard and are compressed, but then when I put the clean console preset on the bus as the last insert it really accentuates the transients ("With_SD"). What's interesting is that those accented transients are a cool picture in the plugin, but they do little for the sound, but take up headroom. Kind of interesting.

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Without Space Designer Clean Console

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With Space Designer Clean Console

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