This is a multi-band dynamics setup using three instances of Reapers built-in ReaComp compressor. The compressors are set as you might use them for moderate detail enhancement of a stereo submix or other mixed signal. The compressors are all set with 6dB soft knees and 1.2:1 ratios, but the compression speed and detector peak-sensitivity both increase for the upper bands. Adjust the input level and/or the ReaComp thresholds to control the depth of the gain reduction.
Here Ive used three instances of Reapers built-in Jesusonic Nonlinear plug-in to generate independent saturation over three frequency bands. Adjust the input level and Nonlinear Saturation controls to taste.
This is another multi-band saturation setup, this time using GVSTs freeware GClip VST plug-in (available from www.gvst.co.uk
). I use GClip a lot because it allows a good deal of control over the severity of its clipping curve; here Ive set it to the softest setting, for more of a saturation sound, but Ill often use it for straight digital-style clipping too. Again, this setups sound will vary depending on the input level.
Silverspikes Rubytube (available from www.silverspike.com
) is one of my favourite little valve simulators and, in this effects chain, Ive used three instances of it to create a multi-band warmth processor. To adjust the impact of the added valve harmonics, vary the overall input level or the Rubytube Shape controls. Bear in mind, though, that the latter also adjusts the overall level of the processed audio, so youll need to compensate for this with the Output control in each instance. 0