Neutron 2’s channel-strip effects
The power of Neutron comes from its six talented effects modules. Here’s how they work and what they can offer Neutron’s default channel strip starts with its Gate, moves onto an EQ, through two compressors, before hitting an Exciter and a Transient Shaper. All these processors can work in three bands, and are also reorderable and can be deactivated. And yes, using less processing in Neutron will make things easier on your CPU – especially using the VST3 plugin version.
Neutron’s Gate processor is a multiband effect that lets you define frequency ranges for three separate gates, the EQ contains eight bands plus low and high filters and shelves for a total of 12, with loads of functionality. Next, two compressors, offering either Peak or RMS compression styles for taming complex signals. Exciter and Transient Shaper modules round things off at the end of the signal path.
The Gate module has Threshold, Attack, Release and Ratio settings for each of three bands. There’s also Hold, Hysteresis, Band Bypass, Solo and sidechaining onboard. Each of the EQ’s 12 bands can be made dynamic, offering downward or upward modes and sidechaining.
Onto the two compressors. There’s Vintage mode, which changes the style and also the metering. There are three bands of compression per processor, each with Threshold, Ratio, Attack and Release, plus Mix (for parallel compression) and sidechaining.
The three-band Exciter offers Full, Defined and Clear modes with Drive and Blend levels for each. There’s an X/Y pad to choose from Tape, Retro, Warm and Tube distortion. The Transient Shaper offers Attack and Sustain levels plus a choice of attack gradients.