Tutorial - Dynamics Processing and Monitoring

Tutorial Description

You will learn how to monitor the dynamics processing of an audio track thanks to the automation output capabilities of the Dynamics plugin. The interest of monitoring the compression or gating applied to an audio track is to know where it occurs and adjust the parameters to fit the audio material with perfection.

This tutorial uses Cakewalk Sonar as a host, but you can use any other host provided it supports MIDI CC. For more information, check our other Tutorials for other hosts (the Digital Peak Meter Pro tutorials explain how to use automation I/O in many hosts).

Step By Step

01 - Insert the Dynamics plug-in on your audio track:

Step 01 - Insert the Dynamics plug-in on your audio track

02 - Open the automation panel for the plug-in:

Step 02 - Open the automation panel for the plug-in

03 - Arm the output Total gain parameters for the left and right channels:

Step 03 - Arm the output Total gain parameters for the left and right channels

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

Step 03.1 - On the most recent versions of the plugin, check that automation output is enabled in the current preset settings

04 - Setup the Dynamics plug-in parameters the way you want:

Step 04 - Setup the Dynamics plug-in parameters the way you want

05 - Start the playback with automation recording:

Step 05 - Start the playback with automation recording

06 - Look at the audio track display - you can see exactly when compression occurs for both channels:

Step 06 - Look at the audio track display - you can see exactly when compression occurs for both channels

07 - Here is another result with a -33 dB hard gate setting:

Step 07 - Here is another result with a -33 dB hard gate setting

09 - Another way to monitor the dynamics applied to the signal (in real time) is to activate the envelopes view (click on 'transfer curve'):

Step 09 - Another way to monitor the dynamics applied to the signal (in real time) is to activate the  envelopes view (click on 'transfer curve')

Conclusion

You are now able to use Blue Cat's Dynamics to apply and monitor dynamics processing to your audio tracks. Thanks to this unique capability, you can see what exactly happens to your audio signal.

It is also a good way to learn how to use the plug-in and understand the influence of each parameter on the effect. You can also record other output parameters of the plug-in (see the product documentation). Dynamics processing will have no secrets for you anymore!

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