Step by step
Getting started with T-Chain CM
1 Insert T-Chain CM into a channel in your DAW. The default setup has the DynoPhuzz-CM dynamic distortion module loaded. The Threshold, Attack and Release knobs adjust the input level and speed at which the distortion amount (set by the Dynamic knob) kicks in and drops out; and the Static knob controls how much distortion is applied below the threshold. Fuzz and Pentode algorithms offer two sonic colours.
2 In the global T-Chain CM interface, the Input and Output knobs and Dry/Wet slider cover level and mix control, and the Bypass button disables all processing. The Input and Output meters combine VU (in orange), peak (in red) and dynamic range (the yellow area) monitoring, and are calibrated to 0dBFS. A range of oversampling options are also on hand.
3 To switch module, click the Load button and select from the menu that appears. At the bottom, T-Chain CM’s second saturation effect is Phuzz, which features seven distortion algorithms, each one governing an underlying multiband process and dialled in with the Saturation knob. Phuzz invites experimentation, as each algorithm has its own particular response and sound.
4 Two dynamics-related modules are onboard. The Digital Comp compressor offers Ratios up to 30:1, combined attack and release control via the Timing knob, and a gain reduction meter. Digital Gate also gives visual feedback on gain reduction, and can be set to attenuate the signal below the threshold by up to 60dB, with up to 100ms Attack and 1s Release.
5 Equalisation is covered by Digital EQ and Digital HLP. The former is a fourband EQ with high and low shelves flanking two parametric peak filters. Each band delivers up to 20dB of cut or boost, and the shelves have two slope settings. HLP, meanwhile, comprises simple highand low-pass resonant filters.
6 ClipShifter is a dynamic clipper. The Init fader sets an input threshold, and when this is exceeded, the clipping point drops to the level set by the End fader. With Shape at 0%, the clipping is soft; at 100%, it’s hard. The speed and recovery of the drop are established by the Attack and Release knobs, while lowering the Harmonic knob unbalances the clipping symmetry; and the Lock button reduces ClipShifter to a conventional static clipper.
7 The display at the top switches between Waveform and Spectrum (FFT) views via the right-click menu. As well as signal level, the Waveform view also shows a few per-module parameters. The horizontal slider determines the amount of time visible in the Waveform view, from 0.25 to 15s, and the vertical slider sets the bottom level of the scale anywhere from -60dB to -1dB.
8 Both view modes are highly customisable, again by invoking the right-click menu. The colours of the waveform and the FFT curve can be changed using your operating system’s colour picker, and both the FFT Size and Window are accessible for modification.
9 T-Chain CM also includes A and B slots for comparison of two separate module states. Flip between them with the A/B button, adjusting the controls in each to to differentiate them. To copy the state of one slot to the other, click the A-to-B or B-to-A button.