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Over the years we've seen the release of several capable free transient shapers, such as Auburn Sounds' Couture and or the almost 20 year old Dominion from Digital Fish Phones. However, in the last couple of weeks Surreal Machines has released Crack, a freeware version of their fully-featured transient shaper, Impact.
Unlike it's free counterparts, Crack's UI is blessedly simple and easy to navigate. There are four main controls; attack, sustain, gain and wet/dry - the gain control offers four different modes: Thru, Clip, Limiter, and Maximizer.
There's also a present manager, A/B test functionality and real-time meters to show you the amount of gain boost/reduction on the signal, making it easier to tweak. You can also increase the view to 200% to really see what's at play.
We've only spent a little time using Crack on some of our productions, but this little plugin certainly holds its own and is well worth giving a try.
Surreal Machines' Crack is available to download for free on both Windows and macOS (VST/VST3/AU, 32-bit, 64-bit) using the link below. You'll need to register an account with Surreal Machines, after which you'll be sent a download link and serial number via email.
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