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The Inflator is a unique process that can provide an
increase in the apparent loudness of almost any programme, without obvious loss
of quality or audible reduction of dynamic range, yet avoiding damaging increases
in the peak level of the signal. The inflator process can also bring power,
presence and warmth to programme material and even provide headroom overload
margin above digital maximum with a subtlety and musical character reminiscent
of tube systems.
Use the Inflator to produce louder mixes than you thought
possible without overloads or compression pumping, or use it to add natural
warmth and character to acoustic or jazz mixes.
64-bit compliant (AAX / AU / VST)
Adds presence and tube-like warmth
Increases perceived loudness of any material
Provides virtual headroom above digital maximum
Direct and band-split modes
HD-HDX: Pro Tools AAX DSP, TDM,
Native: AAX Native, RTAS, Audio
Units and VST
No matter how limited and crushed programme material
already is, the Inflator will provide even more loudness. It will even add
apparent volume to a full scale white noise signal, or add musciality to
previously clipped signals.
The Inflator was developed in response to requests
from mixing and mastering engineers who are required to compete on the basis of
the overall apparent loudness of their final results. Its capable of producing
much louder mixes without without overloads or compression pumping. Since it is
truly a real-time process, there are no time constants involved, as would be
the case with limiters and compressors. For the same reason, there is
absolutely no chance of losing presence or the flattening of percussive attack.
Used more subtly, it can add natural warmth and character
to acoustic or jazz mixes. Use it on single instruments to add presence,
softness and depth, or use it on percussion and drum tracks to produce amazing
dynamic presence, tightness and volume. The full dynamics of the programme is
largely preserved but with an increase in the average modulation density.
A further aspect of enhancement provided by the
Inflator involves the creation of warmth reminiscent of good 'tube' or
'electronic valve' systems. Significant 'musical overdrive' can be achieved
working especially well on individual tracks.
The input section can be used in two ways.
If the CLIP 0dBr button is selected, then the input
clips at 0dB, in the same manner as any normal input. As soon as the signal
reaches levels of 0dB or greater, overloads will be indicated by the meters.
If the CLIP 0dBr button is off, the Inflator is able
to process signals beyond the equivalent of the normal digital maximum. The
INPUT fader has up to 12dB of gain for additional input level in order to help
the creation of saturation effects, where the Inflator can absorb levels up to
6dB greater than normal digital maximum, as indicated by the input meters.
The CURVE fader sets the characteristic of the
Inflator effect. 0.0 is a good starting point, when the fader is set in the
middle of its travel. Settings above 0.0 give more saturated sounds, whereas
settings below 0.0 give cleaner, more sublte results.
The EFFECT fader sets the amount of Inflator effect
applied, where 0.0% leaves the signal unaffected and 100% is maximum effect.
The effect meter indicates the amount of effect in action.
Selecting BAND SPLIT causes the signal to be split
into three separate bands which are processed individually. (Active on RTAS and
Band Split AAX DSP and TDM plug-ins only.)
Meter indicates the OUTPUT level from the Inflator,
which can be fine-tuned using the fader. The fader can be left at maximum in
most cases using the non-bandsplit mode, as the Inflator does not increase the
signal peak level.
Pro Tools 7, 8, 9 & 10, 11
Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration :
Mac OSX 10.4 or later
- Pro-Codec and
Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only
Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
RAM 1GB minimum
iLok key with latest drivers
iLok2 required for AAX plug-ins
SuprEsser DS compatible with ProTools 10 / 11 / S3L with
approved ProTools CPU, OS and hardware configuration. Go to AVID.COM to find
Audio Units compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer
iLok2 required for 64-bit plug-ins
VST compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sequoia
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