Channel Strips tend to emulate desirable and often unavailable hardware. DAWs feature stock tools which sometimes take the form of a channel strip - Avid's Channel Strip being an obvious example but would Surfer EQ and POWAIR from Sound Radix for the basis of an ultimate 21st Century Channel strip? Production Expert Team Member Julian Rodgers investigates.
EQ, Compression And Filters
OK, Arguably a channel strip should also include an Expander/Gate too! In this free video tutorial, Julian uses the intelligence of both Surfer Eq and POWAIR to control a vocal. The pitch tracking capabilities of Surfer EQ, and its analyser and display of both frequency and musical note information makes this ideal for shaping the timbre of a vocal.
I'm not suggesting that SoundRadix should actually create a plug-in combining these two plug-ins. I'm exploring the possibilities presented by using them to fulfil the same role as a channel strip.
POWAIR is a very clever plug-in. The thing that first got me excited about it, was when I realised that it breaks the link between signal level and compression effects. Using the level analysis of the leveler section it can apply consistent compression to loud and soft material equally. That's clever!
See these two plug-ins in action together in the free video tutorial.