Neu­tron 2’s chan­nel-strip ef­fects

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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.

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