Impact Soundworks’ Peak Rider 2 Dynamic Sidechain Plugin Released –
A powerful dynamic sidechain plugin Peak Rider 2 from Impact Soundworks is compatible with all AU, AAX, RTAS, and VST compatible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) hosts supporting sidechaining. Please note that Ableton Live does not support non-native sidechaining. Peak Rider 2 can be used to precisely match the dynamics of one signal to another, subtract or invert the peaks, closely follow the level of a generated tone, or equalise a signal whilst retaining its exact dynamic characteristics. It can also be used for powerful transient designing, tight drum gating, dynamic retention across distortion or other effects, reshaping stereo imaging, and much more.
Word on the street is that the new EQ mode is worth the entrance fee alone. Up to 12 discrete parametric EQ bands can be simultaneously initiated allowing equalisation to be applied whilst maintaining the ‘dry’ signal volume. A heavily-equalised track should not upset your mix, claim developers Impact Soundworks.
One of just five modes, the dynamic matching is the other big story. Examples of matching the dynamics of one track to another at a basic level, even, encompass matching an ambient room mic to a close mic, tightening the reverb tail; matching time-aligned harmony vocals to a main vocal,
syncing the volume of all vocal tracks; matching saturated drums to the unprocessed track, preserving dynamics with extreme processing; matching a static synth to any rhythmic track to create new life and motion or matching a live bass to the mid frequencies of a drum kit so the bass and snare hit together.