Avid Pro Compressor
At Winter NAMM, Avid announced the launch of its Pro Series line of AAX Native and AAX DSP plug-ins. The first plug-ins in the series are Pro Compressor, Pro Expander and Pro Limiter, joining an expanding line-up for the AAX platform.
Based on the Avid Channel Strip plug-in, which emulates the dynamics characteristics of the Avid System 5 console, the Pro Compressor AAX plug-in enables users to quickly and easily optimize the compression for mono and multichannel material. Pro Compressor offers four advanced compression detectors, plus a SMART mode to change how the compressor sounds and reacts. The Average detector levels sounds by calculating the average loudness; Peak detector optimizes sounds based on a set threshold; Fast Peak detector smooths transient-heavy tracks (such as drums) using faster attack and release times; RMS detector acts as an “all around” enhancer/optimizer; and the default SMART mode analyzes audio and morph between the four detectors, compressing tracks without distortion or pumping.
Avid Pro Expander
Avid's Pro Expander is likewise based on the Avid Channel Strip plug-in. Pro Expander offers a look-ahead mode; upward mode for increasing the dynamics of the audio signal and use it creatively in combination with steep Q sidechain filter settings or an external key input to selectively modify parts of the frequency spectrum or re-emphasize the rhythm of the composition; and four advanced expansion detectors (Average detector, Peak detector, Fast Peak detector, RMS detector, and default SMART mode.
Avid Pro Limiter
Developed from the ground up, the Avid Pro Limiter enables users to maximize the loudness of a mix—in up to 7.1 surround—without distortion or harshness. Designed to be completely transparent sounding, the plug-in prevents audio from clipping and pushes the volume of a mix further, while preserving the sonic quality and underlying dynamics of the performances. Pro Limiter offers a Character knob for adding soft saturation to obtain more loudness and a higher amount of gain reduction, without the unwanted digital artifacts of standard brickwall limiters; EBU R128 loudness metering to normalize broadcast audio to EBU specifications using a variety of metering, including True Peak, Integrated Loudness, and Loudness Range; and front/rear linking mode to work with surround sound material more easily and link channels for more greater consistency in level management.