Posted on 01. Mar, 2016 by Daniel Duskin (Record Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer) in MixingPart of a series on getting a professional snare without samples while mixing.
While compression is the traditional technique for controlling the attack and sustain of a drum, we now have professional transient and sustain processing tools.
The cool thing about transient and sustain processing is that they sound very different from any compressor, which can make them complimentary to any compression you may have applied.
Most of these tools have two primary features:
- A Transient Control to process the attack
- A Sustain Control to process the sustain
When To Use It
In my experience, the best time to fiddle with tools like this is toward the end of the mixing phase. This allows you to add a small dose of additional attack by increasing the transient control, or boost / reduce the sustain by adjusting the sustain control.
My personal favorite plugin for this particular task is the SPL Transient Designer.