*TDx in Recording Magazine

Recording engineer and sound designer Paul Vnuk Jr. did a review about the SPL TDx Transient Designer 500 Series module. You can find the review at the Recoding Magazine website or in the current issue (1/17) of Recording Magazine.

Vnuk Jr. did some serious practical testing and seems to be pretty satisfied with the outcome:

This is a great addition to any 500 Series arsenal that won’t break the bank!”

In use:

My first reaction is the hardware TDx is much more gentle than the plug-in; its sound is less ‘effected’ and there is smoother control.”

While the TDx can go whole hog and push sounds to extremes, it’s also very useful for adding or subtracting just a tickle of attack and sustain to help sounds sit in the mix. The TDx is quite sonically transparent; the lows stay nice and full and the highs are open and clean.”

The new TDx feature MIX:

I can’t believe there’s never been a Mix knob on a Transient Designer before! I have found it essential in my use and enjoyment of this device. It’s a simple addition that made an already beloved device even better.”

Drums and bass:

The TDx can make a kick drum punch with ease or make it grow gently in size with more boom. On snare it can add pop and attack, and lessen ring. Rather than a gate, it acts more like a moon gel or damping ring when you pull back on the sustain.”

It sounded great, with no additional EQ or compression necessary.”

…the Mix knob was perfect to blend in the added colors to taste.”

Guitars:

That subtle blending helped pop the guitar out of the mix with zero additional compression and just a touch of high end EQ.”

Final thoughts:

This is a great effect to reach for before you eq or compress a track.”

…it’s magically natural and clean-sounding.”

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