Avid Smack!Item ID: SmackTDM
Intelligent Compression Plug-in for Pro Tools HD, TDM, RTAS and AudioSuite
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Put Some SMACK in Your Mix!The latest in a series of new, powerful Digidesign plug-ins, Smack! has been developed for Pro Tools music makers who require a great-sounding, flexible, and easy-to-use compression tool.
Accurately modeling automatic gain reduction devices previously found only in hardware, Smack! controls the volume of just about any source in a very "musical" manner, adding fullness, intelligibility, and excitement to any track. Its user interface is intuitively constructed, with a look and feel reminiscent of vintage devices, enabling you to create an amazingly wide range of tonal coloration with a minimal set of controls.
Smack! elevates plug-in compression capabilities and quality to a new level, transcending the limitations often typical of digital compressors and compressor/limiter emulations. Smack!'s control ranges are practical and sweep a wide range of tonal compression color, resulting in true warmth and distinction. Along with delivering phenomenal sound, the compressor was designed to operate effectively and efficiently at any setting.
In addition to offering a variety of unique compression curves that range from subtle compression to hard limiting, Smack! includes three compressor modes that add warmth, reduce waveform distortion, and/or emulate electro-optical VCA limiters. And each of Smack!'s compression ratios has its own personality and release shape. So, from gentle curves with almost transparent compression to brick-wall limiting, Smack! delivers the extremes and everything in between.
To replicate the characteristic sound of analog tape saturation and vintage tube devices, Smack!'s distortion section lets you add subtle harmonic distortion. Instantly add second-order and/or third-order harmonic distortion with the flick of a switch. Additionally, Smack! includes external or internal side-chain processing and a built-in side-chain EQ for additional filtering.
With Smack!, it's almost impossible to get a bad compression sound. If you're not sure which settings to use, pick a ratio somewhere in the middle of the range, set all the controls mid-way, then adjust the input-gain control until you have sufficient gain reduction displayed on the VU meter. The result is a fine, general-purpose "vanilla" setting that serves as a good starting point for further adjustment.
Digidesign Smack! Features:
At home in Pro Tools-based music, broadcast, post production, and sound design applications, Smack! is an ideal plug-in choice for use with bass, drums, and vocals to bring optimal track placement and presence to your mix. Offering the ultimate in plug-in flexibility, it supports both Digidesign and Avid software, and provides support for all Pro Tools sample rates up to 192 kHz, all multi-channel track configurations (with linked gain reduction), and AudioSuite, RTAS, and TDM plug-in types. Smack! is also available in AudioSuite and RTAS versions -"Smack! LE" - supporting Pro Tools LE and Avid software at a reduced price.
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Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
by George from NHi love this comp. i got mine with the music production toolkit (which is less than this by itself...) and its awesome. i use it on the master if the band isnt going to get it mastered, or if it's on d... read more [+]emos. works the best. dig it. own it. buy it. close [-]
April 27, 2008
Music Background: engineer
by Brendon Bigelow from Austin, TXThis is a cool compressor because it can do more than one thing. It's nice to be able to try different approaches within one plug-in and not have to change back and forth between several. I generally ... read more [+]use it in "Opto" mode on vocals but there are lots of possibilities. This thing can be made to work on any normal musical source. To clarify that last statement... The interface starts to be kind of a drag when the music is extremely fast. So... Snare drum on an americana track: Smack=YES; Snare drum in a death metal blast beat: Smack=NO
November 26, 2011
Music Background: Producer, Mix Engineer, Occasional Recording Engineer (Mostly retired from that), Professional Musician.
Getting down to more specific stuff... I like how adjustable Smack is. The vintage vibe is great but it's nice to have the added control of a more modern processor. For instance: Being able to use the Side Chain EQ in "Opto" mode is pure genius.
Another thing that's cool is that you can set the ratio to 1:1. This means that you can just add the sound of Smack with no compression at all. Here's a tip: Put Smack on an Aux Return, set the ratio to 1:1, turn the input all the way up, set the output to half, make a send on your bass guitar DI channel to the aforementioned Aux Return, and mix that with your original bass guitar DI. Now... Just listen to that. See what I mean?
This thing sounds great and works great. I use it all the time. I gave it three stars because of price. I'd encourage you to look into the Music Production Toolkit. Get it that way as I did. That's a better value. This is a great plug-in but it's not worth what it costs to buy it individually. close [-]
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