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BitterSweet Pro v3

Transient Shaper by Flux

BitterSweet Pro v3 - The Ultimate Frequency Dependent Transient Designer

BitterSweet Pro v3, Frequency Dependent Transient Designer, is built around a new improved design of the algorithm found in Flux:: acclaimed freeware transient processor, BitterSweet, used by hundreds of thousands of users all over the world, and the approach we had when designing BitterSweet Pro was to make it just as easy and straightforward to use.

Frequency Dependent Transient Processing

One of the main features of BitterSweet Pro is the Frequency Dependent Transient Processing, providing the ability to process only a certain part of the frequency spectrum making it act just like a dynamic equalizer driven by Transients and/or Sustain.

Explained: When Frequency Range is set from 20 Hz to 20 KHz the processing is performed on the full band, now changing the value of the low cut off frequency turns it into a High shelve dynamic eq, setting the high cut off frequency turns it into a Low shelve dynamic eq, and setting both turns it into a peak dynamic eq, in any case the gain can be adjusted with the Static Gain parameter, and the slope can be set with the Frequency Order parameter, from 6dB per octave to 12, 18 and 24 dB, the higher the Frequency Order is the steeper the slope of the frequency response becomes.

The detector sidechain is filtered in accordance with the frequency range setting and its low cut, high cut and band pass filter, and the filtered sidechain extraction can be audited with a simple button click.

In addition, Transients and Sustain can be amplified or attenuated simultaneously or individually, and it can process either all components (Main) in one, or process the Mid (Center) or the Side (Stereo) parts of the sound independently by encoding the material with its internal MS encoder, process it, and then decode it back to stereo again.

For extended control of the transient processing envelope, a group of additional advanced controls is accessible through the “Geek”-pane.

To retain control of the signal, even under extreme processing, a soft clipper is provided at the very last stage of the processing path carefully rounding the edges of the clipped peaks for a smoother clipping. This fundamental design makes it a genuinely easy task to perform powerful level-independent transparent shaping of the sound spectrum using BitterSweet Pro.

BitterSweet Pro v3 is built around our latest 64-bit version 3 framework, with the graphic rendering using a GPU-efficient 2D/3D graphic engine. The engine, introduced first in the Pure Analyzer System, is based on the OpenGL standard optimizing the audio-to-visual experience utilizing the GPU on the computer’s built in graphics card.

*BitterSweet Pro v3 AAX Native/DSP & AAX AudioSuite supports 32 bit in Pro Tools 10.3.5 and 64 bit in Pro Tools 11.

Global Bypass

Global Bypass, when pressed, the signal is routed directly from the inputs to the outputs (On/Off).

Speed

Speed, alters the mode for the processing of the transients, controlling the envelope smoothing and generating a natural attack (Fast/Medium/Slow).

Dynamic

A dynamic gain, that depending on the Mode setting dynamically adjusts the gain of the transients and/or the sustain (-100,00% - Sweet / 100,00%- Bitter).

Frequency Range

Frequency Range sets the actual frequency range that is to be processed (20 Hz / 20.00 kHz - Lower / 40Hz / 20,0 kHz - Upper). The button above the slider is for listening to the extraction used for the analysis of the material.

Frequency Order

Frequency Order sets the number of frequency-dependent components controlling the slope of the frequency response (6/12/18/24 - dB Per Octave). The higher the Frequency Order is, the steeper the slope of the frequency response becomes.

Static Gain

Static Gain controls the actual gain of the Frequency Range filter envelope ( -24.00 / +24.00 dB).

Period

The Period parameter sets the range of the time window used for the detection of the transients that are to be processed (20.0 ms / 120.0 ms).

Mode

The Mode setting adjusts how BitterSweet Pro is processing the material. Transients and Sustain can be amplified or attenuated simultaneously or individually, for either all components (Main), the Mid (Center) or the Side (Stereo) parts of the sound independently.

Clip

Clip, a soft clipper at the very last stage of the processing path carefully rounding the edges of the clipped peaks for a smoother clipping (Off/Cubic/Tube).

Output Gain

Sets the global gain applied to the processing output before the soft clipper (-24.00 / +24.00 dB).

Geek

Clicking the Geek glasses opens a windows with an additional range of parameters providing extended control of the transient processing envelope.

Diff./Dyn. Band

Diff. is a key listener for the Difference between input and output signal (On/Off). Dynamic Band adjusts the frequency bandwidth of the Peak, when a Peak envelope is defined with the Dynamic Range (On/Off).

Attack

Adjusts the attack time for the transient processing envelope (0.00ms / 200.00ms).

Hold

Adjusts the hold time for the transient processing envelope (0.00ms / 200.00ms)

Release

Adjusts the release time for the transient processing envelope (0.00ms / 500.00ms)

Preset/Parameter Slots

To enhance the workflow, the two Preset/Parameter slots, A and B, can be loaded with two different presets ie. two full set of parameters at the same time. Apart from saving each a/b preset, a 'Global Preset' containing both the A and B settings, and the position of the 'Morphing Slider', can be saved.

Morphing

Morphs the parameter values of the A & B parameter sections, it has no unity or specific value display; it provides morphing of the current values from both of the A & B parameter sections.

Open Sound Control Support

Open Sound Control (OSC) is a content format for messaging among computers, sound synthesizers, and other multimedia devices that are optimized for modern networking technology.

Bringing the benefits of modern networking technology to the world of electronic musical instruments, OSC's advantages include interoperability, accuracy, flexibility, and enhanced organization and documentation.

With the Flux:: version 3 (v3) framework support for OSC is introduced in order to allow for remote control of the plug-in parameters using OSC enabled devices and software applications such as TouchOSC for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad.

Preset and Parameter Handling

Preset/Parameter slots

To enhance the workflow the two Preset/Parameter slots, A and B, can be loaded with two full set of parameters at the same time. Apart from saving each preset, a "Global Preset" containing both the A and B settings, and the position of the "Morphing Slider", can be saved.

Parameter Morphing Slider with Automation

The Morphing Slider provides morphing between the parameter settings of slot A/B allowing for really creative and useful real-time tweaking.

System Requirements

Availability

BitterSweet Pro is available in:

  • AU / VST / AAX Native / AAX DSP / AAX AudioSuite / Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 MassCore/Native**

Processing Specifications

  • BitterSweet Pro v3, as all Flux:: plug-ins, provide
  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.
  • 64-bits internal floating point processing.
  • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz DXD (Pyramix & Ovation MassCore/Native)**
  • Sampling rate up to 192 kHz for Native (AU/VST/AAX/AAX AudioSuite).

Compatibility

All major native formats as well as AVID AAX DSP are supported

Windows - Vista, 7, 8, 8,1 and 10 all in both 32 and 64 bits*.

  • VST (2.4)
  • AAX Native/DSP*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 (Only in Windows 7 32/64 bits)**

Mac OS X (Intel) - 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11 in both 32 and 64 bits*.

  • VST (2.4)
  • AU
  • AAX Native/DSP*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Waves WPAPI

*BitterSweet Pro AAX Native/DSP & AAX AudioSuite supports 32 bit in Pro Tools 10.3.5 and 64 bit in Pro Tools 11.

**VS3 32/64 bit versions for Pyramix 9 & Ovation Native/MassCore available only through Merging Technologies

Due to AVID ProTools changing to AAX, from Version 3 (v3) RTAS for AVID ProTools is not supported.

Software Licence Requirements

In order to use the software one of the following alternatives is required

  • An iLok.com user account (the iLok USB Smart Key is not required).
  • A Flux:: USB Dongle (Available in our online store).

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