Amplification, reduction and extraction of the transients

Transients are the sounds of high amplitude and short duration, at the beginning of a musical sound or a voice.

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The Transient plugin enables the possibility to amplify, attenuate or extract the transients from an input track. It can be really useful for example to amplify the hit a of bass drum or a snare or at the opposite, to attenuate it. In the same way, on a voice, the Transient plugin enables the possibility to attenuate the mouth noises, such as plosives and sibiliance or at the opposite to amplify them to give more presence. Finally, the transients can be simply extracted, in order to apply later the desired processing.

The interface of the Transient plugin is simple in order to not complicate uselessly the manipulations. A parameter enables the possibility to choose if we want in output a mix of the transients with the original sound, or at the opposite if we want only the extracted transients parts. A gain control enables the possibility to attenuate or amplify the transient parts. Finally, a threshold enables the possibility to keep only the highly transient parts. The level of the original sound and the level of the extracted transients are visualized by two VU meters.








Minimal configuration: Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.9

with OpenGL 2.0 support

Formats: VST / VST3 / AAX / AU










List of the knobs and graphs

  1. Threshold enabling the possibility to consider only the highly transients parts of the sound. For example, we can only extract the plosives and the sibiliance from a voice, deleting all other type of sound. By default, the threshold is at the level 0, which mean that we consider the highly transient part of the sound and the moderately transient part of the sound.
  2. Gain parameter enabling the possibility to reduce or increase the transients on the original sound. With a value of -40dB, the transients are strongly suppressed. We then get the original sound minus the transients. With a value of 40dB, the transient parts are strongly amplified compared to the original sound. In the middle, at 0dB, we get exactly the original sound at the output.
  3. Choice of the output : only the extracted transients (checked box), or a mix of the extracted transients with the original sound (unchecked box). With this last choice, we can decrease or go so far as to delete completely the transients from the original sound.
  4. Signal graph (input and output).
  5. Transients graph (“transientness”).




Detail of the graphs

  1. Threshold.
  2. “Transientness” below the threshold. It is ignored when computing the output.
  3. “Transientness” above the threshold. It is used to increase or decrase the output volume.
  4. Input signal.
  5. Output signal.



Version history

v2.5.1 (10/08/2017)

  • New design of the interface
  • Graphs for transientness and signals

v1.0 (07/01/2017)

  • Initial version

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