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Solera V3

Compressor by Flux

Solera v3 - Mastering the art of dynamics

How do you:
  • Compress the sound increasingly without losing the nuance and without adding pumping?
  • Make a compressor that can add loudness whilst keeping the sound airy, preserve fast transients, subtle distinction and undertone?
  • Make a processor that can recover lost dynamics?

In order to achieve all these things, as well as any other imaginable dynamic processing assignment, a full set of dynamic processors working together on the same processing task is required - Solera v3.

User Interface And Workflow

The Solera v3 dynamic processor combines the power of a compressor, expander, de-compressor and de-expander, all four available direct through the user interface, processing in parallel.

To provide the best means for the analysis of the material, a side chain section featuring a three-band equalizer to generate frequency sensitive processing, as well as input options for an external side-chain signal, is provided.

In order to further enhance the workflow, three release modes are presented; manual, auto, and advanced (with minimum and maximum release values fully adjustable), as well as an auto delay function allowing for zero attack times by introducing a delay line in the processed signal.

The user interface in Solera v3 is designed for simplicity. In addition to the dynamic processing section a vast range of functions are provided to simplify the workflow and to facilitate the achievement of exceptional results. Some of the key functions are:

  • Generous -/+ 48 dB input/output gain range
  • Phase invert of the processed signal
  • Dry/wet control offering true parallel dynamics processing
  • Discrete peak-limiter rounding peaks off in a smooth and musically fashion
  • True bypass control routing the incoming signal direct to the output for a smooth transition between clean and processed signal
  • Morphing slider for seamless transition between two explicit full parameter-sets

Processing

Solera v3 is unique in its kind as it offers two different methods to analyze the signal-processing base. Either by using a straightforward detection process that generates an RMS detection value based on the signal level, the foundation of dynamic processing. Or by using a more complex detection algorithm that generates a dynamic detection value based entirely on the signal's dynamic complexity and not on traditional peak or RMS detection schemes, generating a dynamic value instead of relying on the signal level alone.
Solera v3 presents two parameters that are kind of unique to dynamic processing, Dynamics Ratio and Level Independent Detection (L.I.D), using the dynamic range content of the signal and not just the signal levels as standard processors do.
Dynamics Ratio is controlling the amount of auto-ratio determined by the signal dynamics and the manual ratio setting.
Level Independent Detection (L.I.D) controls the amount of auto-threshold determined by the signal dynamics and the manual threshold value. A Maximum mode can be engaged on the L.I.D control, allowing for processing that accounts for the maximum values of both the standard and the L.I.D detection schemes.
As all Flux:: processors Solera v3 provide up to eight channels of simultaneous processing for multichannel/surround operations.

Features

Signal Processing Features

  • Input/Output gain controls for adjusting the levels before and after processing.
  • Phase invert of the processed signal.
  • Dry Mix control (Dry/Wet with gain compensation) allowing for parallel processing or for blending some of the original "peak" into the processed signal.
  • Clipper, a discrete peak limiter at the very last stage of the processing chain rounding off the peaks smooth and musically.
  • Bypass routes the incoming signal direct to the output for a true smooth transition between processed and clean signal.

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. Enabling the Automation control button exposes the Morphing Slider to the host automation.

System Requirements

Availability

Solera v3 is available in:

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

Processing Specifications

Solera v3, as all Flux:: plug-ins, provide

  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.
  • External side chain support for AAX (Native & DSP) and AU ; in mono and stereo format
  • 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 - XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8,1 all in both 32 and 64 bits*.
  • VST (2.4)
  • AAX Native/DSP*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Merging VS3 (Only in Windows 7 32/64 bits)**
  • Mac OS X (Intel) - 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 in both 32 and 64 bits*.
  • VST (2.4)
  • AU
  • AAX Native/DSP*
  • AAX AudioSuite*

 * Solera v3 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 no longer 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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