United Plugins Transmutator crossfading tool
Posted on: Monday 26th of October 2020
United Plugins announced the availability of Transmutator — a crossfading tool to transition between tracks, song parts, or whole songs, the latest release from founding plug-in partner JMG Sound.
Transmutator has many uses including transitioning between different sections in tracks (from verse to chorus or build-up to drop, for example), mixing between two songs (such as in a DJ set), or sound design (by fusing and morphing two elements together in various ways).
Integral to Transmutator’s eye-catching, easy-to-use GUI (Graphical User Interface) is its large ‘mix dial’ that transitions from input A (track input) to input B (side-chain input) using many modes — 16, in fact: Filter (applies a high-pass filter to input A and a low-pass filter to input B); Spectrum (uses spectral processing to separate the tonal and noise elements from the inputs); Morph (uses an advanced spectral algorithm to blend the two inputs); Stereo (splits the inputs into their mid and side components); Pan (splits the inputs into their left and right components); Transients (splits the inputs into their transient and tail components); Dynamics (splits the inputs into their quiet — below the threshold — and loud — above the threshold — components); Follow (measures the amplitude shape of both inputs); Liquid (splits the inputs into 64 spectral bands); Multi (splits the inputs into 6 frequency bands); Diffuse (uses spectral processing to create random variations in each frequency); Wash (uses reverb to make input A seem to get further away as input B gets closer); Blur (uses spectral freezing and blurring); Pitch (uses pitch shifting to slide up or down by two octaves); Shift (uses frequency shifting to slide up or down by 1,000 Hz); and Degrade (uses digital distortion to degrade the audio creatively).
Changing the behaviour of each mode is instantly within reach, by simply switching the INVERT parameter to the ON position. When enabling INVERT in Filter mode, for instance, input A has a low-pass filter applied and input B has a high-pass filter applied, which sounds like the transition is moving downwards, otherwise the transition from 0% to 100% is the frequency of both filters increasing from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, which sounds like the transition is moving upwards.
It is possible to automate the mix control in the host DAW to painlessly progress from verse to chorus or build-up to drop with Transmutator taking care of quickly creating clever transitions . Creativity continues to flow freely when using the DRY / WET slider to blend between a traditional volume crossfader and full-on sonic mangling for finding the perfect balance that naturally fits anyone’s audio needs.
Transmutator uses internal 64-bit processing and can capably handle any sampling rate — 192 kHz (or even higher). Having said that, Transmutator intelligently handles bypassing to ensure that there are no nasty clicks or harmful noises when automating the parameter — just like all of JMG Sound’s plug-ins .
JMG Sounds’ Transmutator is available to purchase for a time-limited introductory promo price of €19.00 until September 30, 2020 — rising thereafter to €69.00 EUR — as an AAX-, AU-, VST-, and VST3-compatible audio plug-in directly from United Plugins here: https://unitedplugins.com/Transmutator/ (A 15-day, fully-functional trial version for macOS and Windows can be downloaded for free from here: https://unitedplugins.com/download/