I’m going to introduce NastyXTC here for you, the ‘Xciting Transient Controller’ which is currently in beta. NastyXTC features four separate transient controllers plus an additional ‘warmth’ tape like processor and is aimed to enhance the sonic perception of any kind of audio material without that much digital artifacts known from some traditional exciters or enhancers.
The four transient controllers are basically frequency and transient controlled EQ’s where just the actual dialed in frequeny gets saturated depending on the transient information of the actual audio content. The other way around: The EQ’s audio content (and nothing else) gets saturated but just depending on the transient information of the incoming audio.
Sophisticated M/S processing per band allows way cool stereo field processing and the stereo imaging can be controlled overall by increasing the side signal processing of the audio content which then occurs frequency dependent.
Additionally, NastyXTC introduces a ‘warmth’ processor, which is basically an ultra-fast tape style high frequency compressor. The HF level loss is compensated by “filling in” some K2 harmonic audio content. The result is a very subtle HF smoothing which is able to polish some uneven artifacts such as too much pronounced highhats or sibilant vocals.
This device actually works as an unobtrusive de-esser easily as well.
NastyXTC is capable of overall finishing uneven mixes as well as polishing individual recordings/tracks in any mixing situation.
It will be available as a VST plug-in for PC later in Q2/2009.