|W.A. Production Puncher Review|
SummaryI like the sound of it produces so much, it is very light on CPU so I can use as many of instances of this plugin I want without worrying out my CPU. The minimal yet easy to use modern design and user interface attract me to use this plugin again and again.
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W A Production Puncher is a multi-effects dynamic processing plugin which includes Transient Shaper, Multiband Compressor, and an individual Parallel Compressor combined together to give clarity and punch to your individual tracks, mixes and master tracks.
The Puncher is available for all VST and AU plugin hosts on both PC and Mac. It is on the huge sale price of $13.80 for a limited time only, the regular listed price of the plugin is $69. Get it here on huge discount W A Production Puncher(price $13.80).
3 in 1 Dynamic Plugin
The Puncher is packed with three high-quality professional elements, a transient shaper that can be used to enhance or shape the transient of the audio i.e. use it to making your sound punchy or adjust its transient to place the audio into the mix correctly.
A multiband compressor that shapes the tone at certain frequencies, shape or compresses the low, mid and high frequencies independently gives you more control on the overall tone. And lastly, the parallel compressor, a single band New York style compressor to make your sounds fat and full.
Parallel compression is one of the most used and popular technique to make the track sound fuller and more present, and almost every music producer, mix engineer uses this technique to make their mixes and tracks fatter and present.
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Now, let’s look into each of the element available in the puncher. The plugin offers the oscilloscope that represents the output, the processed audio, also the meter that shows the levels of the left and the right part of the audio with individual audio clipping representation at the top of the meter. At the bottom of the meter, the output gain knob is situated for increasing or decreasing the output volume to your taste.
At bottom of the oscilloscope, there are three big knobs placed, the first knob is Transients, the second is Multiband and the third is knob is Parallel. You can increase or decrease these knobs to get the desired effect or you can use the advanced panel to get full control. Let’s look at these individual knobs.
The first element is a transient knob, as the name implies, this element shapes the transient of the incoming signal. Use the knob to increase or decrease the intensity of transient effect on its default setting or when using inbuilt presents. But the real meat is under the basic knob when clicking on upward arrows below the knob, the advanced panel opens.
The slider named Mix acts as a stereo linking control that gradually mixes the left and right detection channel to a mono signal to even-out the left and right gain boosts or cuts. The LPF (Low Pass Filter) and HPF (High Pass Filter) allow you to filter the left and right detection signal to have the effect only react to a certain frequency range in your track.
Att (Attack) allows to you to set the intensity of the transient attack of the audio, the value of attack can be changed in ms (milliseconds) and the Gain 1 is for the lowering or increasing the gain of the attack. Increase the Gain 1 for maximum punch, especially when you have a dull kick or other audio to fix. Rel (Release) controls the sustain of the audio, it can be tweaked in ms (milliseconds), more you increase the value the more sustain you will get. Gain 2 is for adjusting the intensity of the sustain of the audio.
This element is your multiband compressor, it is a 4 band compressor that gives you full control on overall frequencies of the mix from 20 Hz to 20kHz. In advance panel, you can adjust the frequency of each band, note that the frequency of the 4th band of the compressor is above the frequency you set of the 3rd band of the compressor.
Each band has its own attack, threshold, release, ratio and gain controls, by clicking on the square in the grey color that is placed in the middle of the advanced panel. 1 is the 1st band, 2 is the 2nd and so on. Threshold, attack, release, ratio and the gain allow you to fine-tune the compression settings for the individual bands.
This is your single band New York style or parallel compressor, but what I like about this single band compressor is the slide of the RMS that can be changed. Its purpose is to adjust the RMS time of the detection signal to fine tune the smoothness of the parallel compression effect.
You get all the controls like attack, ratio, threshold, release, knee, and gain. To know about how a compressor works click on Compressor Basics.
Addition to all these features and controls, the inbuilt presets that are crafted for everyone can help you get the sound you want by just selecting the particular presets. The presets are designed for individual audio like Drums, percussions, guitar, bass, synths, and vocals.
I like the sound of it produces so much, it is very light on CPU so I can use as many of instances of this plugin I want without worrying out my CPU. The minimal yet easy to use modern design and user interface attract me to use this plugin again and again.
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