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Customize attack character with Transient Shaper

When you want to carefully tweak the punch of your snare, the ricki-ticki-ticking of your hi-hats or the snappiness of a synth line, Transient Shaper is the right tool for the job.

Using a compressor is the most common way of adjusting the dynamics of a sound, but sometimes this can be a bit cumbersome. This is where Transient Shaper shines, giving you very direct control over the character of both the attack and sustaining sections of the sound in a way that's simple to understand and tweak.

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"I really love it!
I'm a visual person so being able to see the envelope helps me understand how the signal is being processed. This will become a part of my arsenal for sure."Jake Stanczak - Kill the Noise



The amount of amplification or attenuation of the transient.


The amount of attenuation directly after the transient, emphasizing the transient without increasing the level.


The amount of amplification or attenuation of the sustained sound.


When enabled, the output signal is clipped to 0dB.


When enabled transients are detected based on a secondary input, but the effect is applied to the main input.


Higher values results in snappier transient modification, and lower values result in smoother curves.

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Transient Shaper is part of a large number of effects units from Kilohearts that we call "Snapins".

Snapins are regular effects plugins that also work as modules in our Snapin hosts; Phase Plant, Multipass, and Snap Heap. They are lightweight but powerful plugins that present you with the important settings in a no-nonsense way. Every setting and component is clearly documented so you know exactly what goes on when you turn that dial.

Snapins can be purchased individually or you can save big by buying a collection of Snapins in one of our Kilohearts Toolboxes.


System Requirements

  • Operating system:
  • - Windows 7 or greater
  • - Mac OSX 10.10 or greater
  • Available plugin formats:
  • - VST 2.4
  • - VST 3
  • - Audio Unit
  • - AAX

All plugin formats in 64-bit only.