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Dynamic Section Settings

Threshold (24)

Unit: dB
Value Range: -32 to +16
Default Value: 0

Sets the threshold of the specific dynamic processing section. This dB scale refers to an RMS value.

The threshold effective value is modified by the L.I.D., the L.I.D. Threshold and, the L.I.D. Maximum settings.

Ratio (25)

Unit: dB
Value Range: 1 to 10
Step: 0.01
Default Value: 1

Sets the ratio of the specific dynamic processing section.
The ratio effective value is modified by the Dynamic Ratio amount.

Infinite (26)

Sets the ratio to its maximum.

Range (27)

Unit: dB
Value Range: 0 to 48
Default Value: 24

Sets the maximum allowed gain variation for a specific dynamic processing section.

Knee (28)

Unit: dB
Value Range: 0 to +24
Default Value: 0

Sets the smoothness of the transmission curve for the specific dynamic processing section. The curve is smoothed around the threshold value of the dB amount set with the knee value.

Peak Detection Amount (29)

Unit: %
Value Range: 0 / 100
Step: 1
Default Value: 0 %

Instant peak value can be added to the RMS signal feeding the detector section, making the dynamic processing more sensitive to audio transients.

Dynamic Ratio (30)

Unit: %
Value Range: 0 / 100
Step: 1
Default Value: 0 %

This setting relaxes the ratio applied to the processor section when the detected signal dynamic raises.
This setting literally opens the sound, increases the dynamic impression and keeps some crest by adjusting in real time the ratio of every dynamic processing section regarding both their current settings about ratio and the signal content (mainly dynamic range). To start understanding this setting and easily hear it, take a full mixed drum kit or a complete mix with punchy drums, set the compression threshold, ratio to get something near pumping or an aggressive compression.
Then increase the output gain to compensate the gain lost and then toggle between 0 and 100% of Dynamic Ratio. At 100 % you should hear more air in the sound, more transient and less compression impression; especially in terms of attack.

Dynamic Ratio Inverter (31)

When engaged, the behavior of the Dynamic Ratio is inverted. The ratio value is increased depending of the detected signal dynamic.

L.I.D.. (Level Independent Detector) (32)

Unit: %
Value Range: 0 / 100
Step: 1
Default Value: 0 %

Allows process the audio signal independently of the sound level but regarding the signal dynamic range. It is mixed with the standard compression scheme.

Take a piece of full mixed music, set the ratio to 3-4 and the compression will start working. Now set the threshold of the compressor to the maximum value, the compressor will stop working because the sound level will never reach the threshold. Then increase the L.I.D.. and you will see (and hear) the compression working again!!! Now decrease or increase the input gain (in Solera or before, as you want) and you will see that the compression will continue to work equally; it’s totally, completely independent of the sound level and depends only on Ratio, Knee and sound content. How can this be used? When you have too much dynamic in the sound, going for e.g. from -3, -6 dB Vu (or less) to +12 dB; If you want to compress the low levels you will hear the sound “pumping” when the sound reaches the High levels and the only thing to do with standard compressor will be to increase the threshold to rescue some airiness in the sound. But when doing that the compressor will not work any more on the low levels and you will hear some sound differences (in term density, live space, grain etc…) especially when the compressor starts working. With Solera L.I.D.., adjust the threshold and ratio on the High levels to what you think OK, then increase the L.I.D.. (from 20 to 50 %) and listen now the low levels and especially the transition between Low and High levels. You can also start increasing the ratio to increase the effect. You’ll then notice that the compression will always be active but can still take care of High, loud levels (unless you set 100% L.I.D..) and make the compression very smooth and no more pumping… In addition with the Dynamic Ratio function, you’ll be able to set a constant and very natural envelop that allows to increase low levels, low frequency and to keep important transients.

L.I.D.. Threshold (33)

Sets the gain range of the L.I.D. parameter.

The current L.I.D. Threshold value is reflected by two blue lines on the Dynamic Activity display.

For Compressor and DCompressor sections, the L.I.D. action is effective only when the orange Dynamic Activity (18) exceeds the area between the two blue lines. For Expander and DExpander sections, the L.I.D. action is effective only when the orange Dynamic Activity (18) stays inside the area between the two blue lines.

L.I.D.. Maximum (34)

When engaged, the threshold for the processing is determined by the maximum values from RMS/peak detection OR from the signal dynamic detection. The L.I.D. Threshold is still active, but the L.I.D. mix button is disabled. This feature allows the whole process to be more reactive to the signal content. It worth to be tried on drum tracks.