Clean Up Your Mix

Pure Expander, capable of anything from mild expansion to hard noise-gating, is a versatile tool for cleaning up spillage from recordings, remove noise or reverb, leakage from drum sessions or microphone bleed. By reducing the gain below threshold, it gives you full control over the material making it easy to tighten up the mix and reduce any unwanted low-lever clutter.

Full control over the processing

In addition to the common controls on a dynamics processor; ratio, attack, release, Pure Expander offers control over the fundamental characteristics of the dynamics processing, all in order to provide full control over the processing even in the most demanding situations.

Envelope, Time and Detection Settings

    • Extended envelope settings with full control of Attack, Hold and Release with Manual, Auto and Advanced release modes.
    • Zero attack time for the dynamics processing by introducing a delay reflecting the attack time into the signal path.
    • Eight different detection modes interacting with the time and envelope settings as well as with the integration times for the RMS detection. Includes specific “Feed Backward” modes inspired by vintage hardware architectures for producing a naturally “beefy” sound.
    • Dynamic Factor – Amplifies or diminishes the extracted real-time dynamics information.
    • Dynamic Velocity – Controls the speed of variation on the extracted dynamics information.

Control the Stereo width of your mix

To control the actual Stereo width of the mix a built-in MS encoder/decoder is used to split the stereo-signal in its M and S components in order to control the actual stereo width of the mix.

The MS Width Control – Sets the stereo width of the processed signal. A -6 dB value deceases the stereo width. A +6 dB value increases the wideness of the stereo mix but can produce phase issue.

The MS Mode Control – Enables one MS encoding matrix at the input and one MS decoding matrix at the output of the dynamic processing in order to control the stereo width of the mix. When engaged, the side chain is fed by a MS encoded signal that is reflected in the display section. M channel corresponds to the normal left channel. And the S channel corresponds to the normal right channel.

(This feature is only available when two channels (no more, no less) are processed.)

Dual Preset Slots and Parameter Morphing

The built in preset manager and the preset morphing slider, provides instant and intuitive control of all parameters and controls. In a second, with a simple one-click operation, everything is copied from one of the two preset slots to the other, even during playback.

The two Preset/Parameter slots, A and B, can be loaded with two full set of parameters at the same time, and except for only A/B comparing two sets of parameters, the morphing slider will allow to mix them, and to record the morph with the host automation.

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Open up the sound and increase the dynamic impression

Two parameters are provided that are kind of unique to dynamics 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. This literally opens the sound, increases the dynamic impression and keeps some crest by adjusting, in real time, the ratio of every dynamic processing section in regards to both the current ratio settings and the signal content (mainly dynamic range).
  • Level Independent Detection (L.I.D) controls the amount of auto-threshold determined by the signal dynamics and the manual threshold value, providing processing of the audio signal independently of the sound level and instead in regards to the signal dynamic range.
  • 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.

Individual Multichannel Processing

Up to eight channels of simultaneous processing for multichannel surround configuration is provided. The processing can be disengaged on any of the channels leaving the material unprocessed, bypassing the original sound.

When operating on a multi-channel bus all, up to eight in total, channels are processed by default, though the processing can be disengaged for any number of channels leaving the material unprocessed and bypassing the original sound.

By doing this in combination with serial instances the material on any number of channels can be processed with individual settings.

Pure Expander v3

Get full control of the incoming material, clean up spillage, reduce low-level clutter, and tighten up your recordings and mixes.

129 €

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All Features

  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output
  • Generous -/+ 48 dB input/output gain range
  • Input/Output gain controls for adjusting the levels before and after processing
  • Dry/wet control offering true parallel dynamics processing and for blending some of the original “peak” into the processed signal
  • Phase invert of the processed signal
  • External side chain support for AAX (Native & DSP) and AU ; in mono and stereo format
  • Discrete peak limiter at the very last stage of the processing chain rounding off the peaks in a smooth and musically fashion
  • Three release modes are presented; manual, auto, and advanced (with minimum and maximum release values fully adjustable)
  • Auto delay function allowing for zero attack times by introducing a delay line in the processed signal
  • M/S Width for controlling the stereo width of the processed signal
  • Link Channel, provides linked/unlinked processing (in M/S mode)
  • True bypass control routing the incoming signal direct to the output for a smooth transition between clean and processed signal
  • Side chain section featuring a three-band equalizer to generate frequency sensitive processing
  • External side-chain available in AU (Mac OS X) and AAX Native & DSP (Mac OS X & Windows) only
    Input/Output gain controls for adjusting the levels before and after processing.

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.

Compatibility

 

                                          

Specifications

Pure Expander v3 is available in the following configurations:

 

  • Native – AU / VST / AAX Native / AAX AudioSuite / Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 MassCore/Native for Pyramix 10/11 & Ovation 6/7 **

 

** VS3 license not included in Flux:: standard license. Additional VS3 license for Pyramix & Ovation Native/MassCore 32/64 bit versions available from Merging Technologies: http://www.merging.com/sales

Pure Expander v3, as all Flux:: plug-ins, provide

 

  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.
  • 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).

 

** VS3 license not included in Flux:: standard license. Additional VS3 license for Pyramix & Ovation Native/MassCore 32/64 bit versions available from Merging Technologies: http://www.merging.com/sales

A graphic card fully supporting OpenGL 2.0 is required.

 

  • Mac OS X: OpenGL 2.0 required – Mac Pro 1.1 & Mac Pro 2.1 are not supported.
  • Windows: If your computer has an ATi or NVidia graphics card, please assure the latest graphic drivers from the ATi or NVidia website are installed.

In order to use the software an iLok.com user account is required (the iLok USB Smart Key is not required).

AAX DSP Number of instances per dsp.
  44.1 – 48 khz (1 FS) 88.2 – 96 khz (2 FS) 176.4 – 192 khz (4 FS)
1 Channel 4 2 1
2 Channels 2 1 x
3 Channels 2 1 x
4 Channels 1 x x
5 Channels 1 x x
6 Channels 1 x x
7 Channels x x x
8 Channels x x x
 

All major native formats are supported

Windows – 7 SP1, 8.1 and 10, all in 64 bits only.

  • VST (2.4)
  • AAX Native*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 (Only in Windows 7 64 bits)**

Mac OS X (Intel) – 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.5, 10.11.6 and 1.12.6.

  • VST (2.4)
  • AU
  • AAX Native*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Waves WPAPI

* AAX Native & AAX AudioSuite in Pro Tools 11 and 12 

** VS3 license not included in Flux:: standard license. Additional VS3 Native/MassCore license for Pyramix 10/11 & Ovation 6/7 is available from Merging Technologies: http://www.merging.com/sales 

Due to AVID ProTools changing to AAX, from Version 3 (v3) RTAS for AVID ProTools is no longer supported.

Availability

Pure Expander v3 is available in the following configurations:

  • Native – AU / VST / AAX Native / AAX AudioSuite / Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 MassCore/Native for Pyramix 10/11 & Ovation 6/7 **

** VS3 license not included in Flux:: standard license. Additional VS3 license for Pyramix & Ovation Native/MassCore 32/64 bit versions available from Merging Technologies: http://www.merging.com/sales

Processing

Pure Expander v3, as all Flux:: plug-ins, provide

  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.
  • 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).

** VS3 license not included in Flux:: standard license. Additional VS3 license for Pyramix & Ovation Native/MassCore 32/64 bit versions available from Merging Technologies: http://www.merging.com/sales

Hardware Requirements

A graphic card fully supporting OpenGL 2.0 is required.

  • Mac OS X: OpenGL 2.0 required – Mac Pro 1.1 & Mac Pro 2.1 are not supported.
  • Windows: If your computer has an ATi or NVidia graphics card, please assure the latest graphic drivers from the ATi or NVidia website are installed.
Software Licence Requirements

In order to use the software an iLok.com user account is required (the iLok USB Smart Key is not required).

AAX DSP Specifications
AAX DSP Number of instances per dsp.
  44.1 – 48 khz (1 FS) 88.2 – 96 khz (2 FS) 176.4 – 192 khz (4 FS)
1 Channel 4 2 1
2 Channels 2 1 x
3 Channels 2 1 x
4 Channels 1 x x
5 Channels 1 x x
6 Channels 1 x x
7 Channels x x x
8 Channels x x x
Compatibility

All major native formats are supported

Windows – 7 SP1, 8.1 and 10, all in 64 bits only.

  • VST (2.4)
  • AAX Native*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 (Only in Windows 7 64 bits)**

Mac OS X (Intel) – 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.5, 10.11.6 and 1.12.6.

  • VST (2.4)
  • AU
  • AAX Native*
  • AAX AudioSuite*
  • Waves WPAPI

* AAX Native & AAX AudioSuite in Pro Tools 11 and 12 

** VS3 license not included in Flux:: standard license. Additional VS3 Native/MassCore license for Pyramix 10/11 & Ovation 6/7 is available from Merging Technologies: http://www.merging.com/sales 

Due to AVID ProTools changing to AAX, from Version 3 (v3) RTAS for AVID ProTools is no longer supported.