One of the most annoying thing in sound/music are for sure sharp, harsh and screaming mid-trebles and distorted transients.
From your mixing experiences you probably know frequent situation that
everything sounds good, instruments are balanced, good compressed and
equalized but if you want to have clear and significant overall mix then
very sharp, screaming and distorted – and you don’t know how to make them softer and more enjoyable.
Then after mix, screaming/sharp mid-trebles are many times boosted
during mastering process (because your record is amplified, compressed,
limited which results in next distortion which is most significant on
mid-trebles and transients). Later if this track
is played loud in car, disco bar or big concert these sharp mid-trebles
and transients are sawing ears of your listeners because power
amplifiers are producing next distortion and massive higher harmonics
when playing really loud (more loudness = more distortion
is no longer
but pain – killing ears of
your listeners with screaming trebles/mids and distorted transients on
big PA systems at concerts or disco bars.
It doesn’t matter if you are mixing jazz, folk,
heavy metal, techno or drum and bass ask your listeners – all of them
prefer nice, creamy analog sparkling trebles, mid-trebles and intensive
but silky transients rather than painful distortion
and screaming of these frequencies. Even in hard styles of music.
Do you like sparkling trebles and silky/creamy
mid-trebles/transients too? Would you like to have pleasant and soft yet
very intensive mid-trebles/transient in your mix? Don’t you know
solution how to achieve them? We are introducing
TrebleCream is new technology with special digital algorithms / virtual
circuits inspired by analog electronic structures for achieving really
pleasant, creamy mid-trebles and transients without loosing any
intensity of mid-high frequencies. TrebleCream will
help you remove “harshness” from mix within few seconds.
Treble cream was developed in cooperation with Analog Dimension. Senior
mastering engineer of Analog Dimension studios says “More than 50% of
mixes that we are receiving has screaming or distorted mid-trebles and
or/transients, while rest of mix is relatively
good. Sometimes song is 2x louder after mastering because of modern
trends and all these negative artifacts (harshness, mid-treble
distortion) are logically boosted during mastering, while many people
thinks that mastering can fix all mistakes in mix all experienced
engineers will tell you that it is not truth. Simply mastering can’t
save wrong mix. Many people are using low quality digital compressors,
coloring plug-ins, limiters and all these plug-ins are producing
distortion on mid-trebles and transients if used
unduly. We were always curious what to do with
these low quality-mixes when re-mixing wasn’t possible, because
compressing or equalizing can’t help and remove screaming mid-trebles
and distorted transients, otherwise song will sound
empty and subdued after strong equalizing. So after discussion with
G-Sonique engineers and long research we discovered TrebleCream machine.
Firstly we made it as real analog hardware and later recreated as
digital plug-in for more comfortable work.”
TrebleCream is aimed mainly for MIX (used on individual channels) but
can be used very comfortable also on MixBuss/Main channel during mixing
or during MASTERING if you receive really wrong and harsh mix and
re-mixing isn’t possible. Sometimes TrebleCream can
be last chance to repair wrong and harsh mix, before mastering.
MID-TREBLE SOFTENING (ANTI-HARSH) CIRCUIT:
- Treshold knob
- Softening amount knob: set how much mid-trebles will be softened
- Attack knob: set how fast mid-trebles will be softened after reaching threshold level, in milliseconds
- Fadeoff knob: set how long will softening continues after reaching threshold level, in milliseconds
- Make-up gain knob: additional amplification of softened frequency band
- Treble circuit input knob: input volume for treble circuit module
- Cross frequency knob:
select frequency band / frequency range which will be softened from
deep mid freq. to ultra high frequencies – you can soften small or wide
range of frequencies.
TREBLE BOOST CIRCUIT:
If antiharsh circuit is turned-on trebles can lost some intensity, this circuit
intensity and boost trebles, so you can
hear creamy mid-treble range and transients and nice analogue
High frequency knob: select hi. Frequency which will be boosted
- Q knob: set Q (bandwidth) of hi. Frequency which will be boosted
- Treble color boost knob: set how much hi. Frequency will be boosted, this knob adds also some analog color to the trebles.