Tutorial - Blue Cat's Digital Peak Meter Pro In Samplitude

Tutorial Description

This tutorial shows how to use the DP Meter Pro audio analysis plugin (DPMP) in MAGIX Samplitude, in order to modify the parameters of an effect on a track according to the envelope of an other track. This example shows a simple ducking application, using the envelope of a source track to modify the gain of a destination track. Note that Samplitude does not support VST MIDI output routing, so this tutorial uses automation curves for the control of parameters.

Step By Step

00 - Initial setup - a source track which will be used to control the destination track:

Step 00 - Initial setup - a source track which will be used to control the destination track

01 - On the source track insert the Digital Peak Meter Pro:

Step 01 - On the source track insert the Digital Peak Meter Pro

02 - Open the VST Automation window:

Step 02 - Open the VST Automation window

03 - Select the Digital Peak Meter Pro plugin:

Step 03 - Select the Digital Peak Meter Pro plugin

04 - Select the left and right transformed peak envelope parameters:

Step 04 - Select the left and right transformed peak envelope parameters

04.1 - On the most recent versions of the plugin, check that automation output is enabled in the current preset settings:

Step 04.1 - On the most recent versions of the plugin, check that automation output is enabled in the current preset settings

05 - Hit play and tweak the amount and offset parameters to generate the appropriate envelope:

Step 05 - Hit play and tweak the amount and offset parameters to generate the appropriate envelope

06 - Once setup, hit play to record the transformed envelopes as automation curves:

Step 06 - Once setup, hit play to record the transformed envelopes as automation curves

07 - Swap the source and destination track audio objects:

Step 07 - Swap the source and destination track audio objects

08 - Insert the Stereo Gain plug-in:

Step 08 - Insert the Stereo Gain plug-in

09 - Open the VST automation window:

Step 09 - Open the VST automation window

10 - Reset both parameters to nothing:

Step 10 - Reset both parameters to nothing

11 - Choose not to delete envelope points:

Step 11 - Choose not to delete envelope points

12 - Select the Stereo Gain VST plug-in:

Step 12 - Select the Stereo Gain VST plug-in

13 - Now assign the envelopes to the left and right gain parameters:

Step 13 - Now assign the envelopes to the left and right gain parameters

14 - Play the track, the gain of the destination track is now controlled by the envelopes generated by the source track:

Step 14 - Play the track, the gain of the destination track is now controlled by the envelopes generated by the source track

15 - Tweak the DPMP parameters and experiment with other effects:

Step 15 - Tweak the DPMP parameters and experiment with other effects

Conclusion

You have learnt how to use the DP Meter Pro metering plugin (DPMP) in MAGIX Samplitude: you are now able to perform true side chaining on multiple tracks thanks to automation curves. This technique can be used for side chain compression, ducking, voice over etc. Experiment with many effect parameters, and do not hesitate to spend some time tweaking the DPMP settings for an optimal result. For other examples, see the others DP Meter Pro Tutorials.

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