Wavesfactory has released Quantum, a new breed of transient shaper. The plug-in lets you apply a wide range of effects separately to the attack and sustain portions of your audio signal. This not only helps to make things sit right in the mix, it’s also a great tool for creative sound design.
Wavesfactory’s newest plug-in Quantum isn’t your ordinary transient shaper. In addition to simply boosting or reducing the attack and sustain phases, it lets you go full force with complex effect chains. You can build your own chains using the included effects, and apply them separately to the attack and sustain or your audio signal.
The selection of effects is extensive: Quantum lets you choose from chorus, compressor, convolution, delay, enhancer, EQ, flanger, limiter, lo-fi, phaser, pitch shifter, reverb, saturation, stereo, tremolo and vibrato effects. These can be freely arranged in a series, or, to be precise, two series, because you can build separate chains for the attack and sustain.
The attack and sustain phases are separated by the plug-in’s Smart Transient Detector, before they hit the effects stage. Of course it works in real time, and Wavesfactory claims that there are hardly any artifacts.
In its simplest form, Quantum can help to clean up your audio tracks and remove unwanted material. Its true strength lies in its creative possibilities, however. Ever wanted to apply delay just to the attacks of a drum loop, rough up the sustain of a guitar part with a lo-fi effect or use a stereo tool to widen the sustain while keeping the attack centered? Those are just some of the things that Quantum can do for you.
Price and compatibility
Wavesfactory Quantum is now available for an introductory price of €99 (down from €149). This offer is good through October 1, 2021. The plug-in runs on macOS 10.9 or higher (M1 supported) and Windows 7 or higher in AU, VST and VST3 formats (64 bit). An AAX version is coming soon, the developer says.