Description

Not Just Another Transient Designer

A true one of a kind, Transgressor goes beyond the limits of standard transient designers. It gives you the ability to craft the sound of drums and other instruments not just in terms of attack and sustain, but timbrally as well. The Transgressor combines a transient designer with two equalizers. No big deal you say? Any EQ plug-ins will do? Au contraire mon frère. Transgressor not only lets you equalize the attack and sustain portions of the instrument’s envelope individually (yes, you read that right; attack can be equalized differently from sustain), but it also lets you dial in the specific low, mid, and high frequencies independently on each. What if you need a brighter attack but want to keep the dark resonance of toms or kick drum? Perhaps you need more midrange attack but wish to brighten the resonance of a hi-hat? Perhaps you’re happy with the overall sound of snare but the attack is just a little too bright. The answer is the Transgressor (you must have seen that coming). Only Transgressor gives you the ability to control transients and sustain without compromising one for the other.

Boz Digital Labs Transgressor—Just the Facts:

  • Hybrid transient designer with two 3-band equalizers with selectable slopes
  • Gain controls let you boost or eliminate transients and sustain independently
  • Mix knob lets you adjust wet/dry signal
  • Adjustable transient detector lets you control sensitivity, eliminate false triggers from bleed
  • Internal or external sidechain control of detector
  • Sidechain EQ lets you dial in the frequencies that trigger the detector
  • Three sidechain modes with “listen” feature to monitor sidechain signal
  • Retrigger controls time between triggered events
  • A/B bank comparison
  • Factory presets to get you started

Boz Digital Labs Transgressor—Cracking the Code

EQ Transients and Sustain Individually

EQ plug-ins only make global changes to an instrument; whatever you do to the transient is also done to the sustain and decay. Even dynamic EQs change the entire envelope, even if it’s only momentarily. Transgressor gives you 2 EQs. One for your attack and one for your sustain, letting you shape exactly the way you want your attack to sound. There are three bands to each EQ section (low, mid, high) with variable frequency selection and gain for each band. Each band also gives you three selectable filter types that are particularly suited to each band. For example, the low band has high-pass, low shelf, and bell, while the mid band has bell, bandpass, and slant, which boosts highs while cutting lows and vice versa.

EQ Applications

Do you want to add bite to your snare without increasing the snare buzz? Transgressor is your go-to plug-in. Do you need to reduce the ringing in your snare without changing the tone? No worries. Transgressor does it easily. Transgressor is also a great tool for reamping a snare. The high-frequency attack coming through a speaker will not excite the snare head enough. You need midrange information to make that happen, which requires transient design and dramatic EQing. Transgressor’s ability to boost the gain on the low and midrange portion of the attack, while eliminating sustain lets you do it in one simple process. Better still, it gives you the ability to easily craft the sound of the re-amped snare with adjustments on the fly.

If you’ve ever fallen asleep on the control room sofa while producer and drummer went through every snare in the known universe to find the right one, only to be replaced in the mix with CPU-eating software, Transgressor can save both time and CPU resources. Don’t like the snare the client sent you? Forget about time-consuming snare sample shootouts. Transgressor’s powerful EQ and transient- and resonance-shaping capabilities can transform the sound of any drum to suit the song and your taste.

Not just for drums, Transgressor can also bring out the snap and pop of a funk bass without turning it into a baritone guitar. Plus, you can get really clever and create unique-sounding drums and instruments that will have other producers calling you up to find out how you got that sound.

Sidechain Sleight of Hand

In addition to giving you full control over the sound of your transients, Transgressor adds another layer of creativity by letting you use the detector with an external sidechain. This lets you adjust the EQ and sustain of any instrument triggered by another. For example, some engineers use room mics just for ambience. However, if you mix like Chris Lord-Alge and derive the body of your drum sound from the room mics, perhaps you’ll find that you need to increase the attack on the snare drum hits. Put Transgressor on your room mics and route the snare drum to the sidechain. Then the transients will only trigger when the snare drum is hit, but it will affect the sound on the room mics. This is highly effective for getting big drum sounds without washing them out in reverb.

Whether it’s hard-hitting tight drums, or big sustained drums, Transgressor lets you dial them in exactly the way you want. Download the demo now and be forgiven for all your transient-shaping sins.

Reviews (14)

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14 reviews for Transgressor

  1. virgulino_lampiao

    This plugin will provide you with unprecedented drum sound manipulation. It is really like no other tool but incorporates many, making use of an intuitive and fairly simple control center. With that said, the price is of fenomenal value, especially with the 50% off release price. As a consumer I make sure I buy all products that I like from Boz Digital because I believe they offer great quality/cost ratio. It is like fomenting a high value future for the consumers of this industry. Keep them coming

  2. gv

    Very unique, and very useful. Being able to EQ and control the level of transients and sustain separately is much more powerful than it may seem. Some of the drum tracks that I have used it on sound like I did a drum replacement AND parallel compression — night and day difference. I’m still exploring some of the non-drum applications, and also using just the transient or just the sustain for special effects. The possibilities seem endless….great work!

  3. b235

    Just wanted to tell you how
    overwhelmed I am by the Transgressor plugin. I’m right now mixing a
    live recording of a mini festival show (where I just didn’t have the
    time to super precisely tune the drums, find the best microphone
    positions and so on) for a band and Transgressor helped on ALL drum
    channels.

    It helped me shape the kick like I couldn’t seem to be able to
    before, it cleaned up my snare track (which had excessive hihat
    bleed). It cleaned up the tom channels and made them even punchier. I
    haven’t even tried it on the overheads, but I think I’m gonna. I’m
    super happy as is!!
    I have tried other seemingly similar plugins, but for me Transgressor blows them out of the water.

    Thank you!

    PS I haven’t even had a chance to try out the update, which will probably make this plugin even more useful.

  4. guitar_guy182_

    This plugin is very simple and intuitive with a new spin on transient processing that many will favor for drums. Processing the transients EQ and sustain separately is extremely powerful, allowing the removal of resonances without losing attack and cleaning up the signal on the sustain. Large UI. Excellent sidechain possibilities. The lookahead gives it a smoother sound when shaping at more extreme quantities. Overall, the amount of shaping this can do on drums is nothing short of amazing. I have not had the chance to try this on other instruments as of yet, but so far results have been quick and extremely rewarding on drums.

  5. tim.c.engelhardt

    Great plugin! A very good alternative to the usual suspects when it comes to transient processing. The design is perfect and I think it’s one of the very few plugins that just make sense, no useless knobs or anything too fancy – just what’s needed to shape sounds in the most efficient way possible. I had great results on drums so far with this, but it’s also fine for making melody lines sit better in a mix. Especially for synthesizers with a bold sound it’s very useful, I used it on a Moog Voyager bassline a few times to tighten it up and it didn’t even need any further processing.
    This is definitely my go-to tool to shape sounds now.
    Plus, in comparison to other transient designers the price is pretty nice, I would even pay more for this one.

  6. a_azpiri

    5 Golden stars to this one. It makes my life so much easier. I don’t have to go through hundreds of drum samples to make a poorly recorded drumkit sound decent anymore. Just by extending the attack’s release time I get a great sound. JJP just mentioned on NAMM that he has his assitants cut the attack of every track so that he can eq and comprees the attack separately from the release. Well, if his assistants get this plug in, their job will be much easier! A must have!

  7. apdv1

    This the plugin I didn’t know I needed until I tried it and realised its what I’ve been wanting for years.
    Being able to manipulate the transient separately from everything else, but also being able to shape everything else is such an advantage for badly recorded or compressed drums.
    In the short time I’ve been using Transgressor I have been able to rescue several Kicks and Snares that in the past I would have replaced or augmented with samples.
    Thanks BDL!

  8. frnkfrkl

    I just thought I’d take a few minutes to drop you a line to express
    my entire satisfaction with Transgressor. Very cool plugin. It has
    permitted me to remove a number of effects from my drum processing
    chain, i.e., EQ, multiple instances of compression, noise gates,
    enhancers, etc. I can slightly modify or radically change the sound
    of my drum tracks without them sounding “tweaked”. It takes a
    few minutes to get the hang of it but, that accomplished, I find it to
    be a breeze to use. The layout is logical and user-friendly. I
    especially like the “ears-based” EQ section. No distracting
    frequency Hz numbers to worry about. Nice job, folks.

    One little thing that might be a cool addition for a future version
    would be a Mongoose-style frequency-based width control on both the
    transient and sustain sections. That would be total control and fun
    to experiment with.

  9. frnkfrkl

    Hi,
    I just thought I’d take a few minutes to drop you a line to express
    my entire satisfaction with Transgressor. Very cool plugin. It has
    permitted me to remove a number of effects from my drum processing
    chain, i.e., EQ, multiple instances of compression, noise gates,
    enhancers, etc. I can slightly modify or radically change the sound
    of my drum tracks without them sounding “tweaked”. It takes a
    few minutes to get the hang of it but, that accomplished, I find it to
    be a breeze to use. The layout is logical and user-friendly. I
    especially like the “ears-based” EQ section. No distracting
    frequency Hz numbers to worry about. Nice job, folks.

    One little thing that might be a cool addition for a future version
    would be a Mongoose-style frequency-based width control on both the
    transient and sustain sections. That would be total control and fun
    to experiment with.

  10. badmonkeymusic

    You don’t have this in your toolbox! I have some of the other transient designers, and pretty much they control sustain and transients on the the entire signal. Sorry Boz – not saying this is a transient designer though!

    I used Transgressor to fix the following issues quickly: toms were too tubby, straight EQ’ing the kick wasn’t giving me the click I needed, and the room mics weren’t giving my snare enough air with too much boomy-ness in the 120hz area.

    Transgressor is now my main stay for drum mixing. I have yet to use it on other material, but I imagine drums is where I would use it the most. What you want in your head with your drum tracks is now tons easier with Transgressor. Although there is only 3 filter types per section – the Q section allows some pretty radical notching curves. I am still trying to wrap my head around getting the transient and sustain sections separated more accurately.

    A little goes a long way. Trust me, you need this if you mix drums.

  11. ekosulistiyo

    Amazing plugin! I mean, I’ve been processing drums this way since long ago with transient controller tool, add some attack, lessen sustain, but no tool was so comprehensive yet easy to use as Transgressor. Where you can actually control the attack and sustain behavior.

    This plugin streamlined my drum processing even more now, much more efficient and effective result. You can make it natural as it was a nicely recorded drum set or make it really aggressive easily.

    And try it on bass or vocals sometime, great result! Awesome plugin!

  12. ross1

    This plugin allowed me to use only the recorded drums for the first time. I didn’t have to augment with any triggered drums. I love what it did to the toms. I was able to keep the tom tracks open and still get a nice crisp attack without having it affect the cymbals and other bleed. I hope the next update has a pitch function on the non transient side like the eventide fission.

  13. brevans

    The cure for Transientitus!

  14. MKV

    This quickly became one of my favorite plugins ! I love what this plugin does….It can bring dull muddy sounding drums to life, I work with a lot with dirty sampled drum loops and yes i like my drums dirty at times but there’s also a lot of noise and bad frequencies that i don’t want and i’m able to get those out with Transgressor while gaining clarity & punch, Being able to control the transients & sustain it a really big deal for me ! My drums will never be the same and that’s a good thing.

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