54 minutes ago
WYD when OTT isn’t over-the-top enough? Time for PrOTT.
Sure, we all love the OTT setting on ableton’s multiband dynamics module and it’s ability to push sounds into ridiculous dynamic responses, but what if you wanted to get more ridiculous, more Over The Top (or in reality have more control of those dynamics across the spectrum)? Well to answer that question, I decided to take the OTT concept to the next level and give it a professional level of control, pro-grade OTT, PrOTT if you will.
OTT is basically just 6 separate dynamics processes happening across 3 independent frequency bands, upward compression below the threshold and high-ratio downwards compression (aka limiting) above the threshold on each band. So I took that concept to the mighty McDSP ML4000 multiband mastering limiter plugin, a sublime 4 band dynamics module and limiter, to see how much farther I could push the sound. The answer was a lot farther.
Using just a simple saw wave with a small amount of reverb to give the upwards compression something to push, you can first hear what OTT does, then you can hear the sound go full nuclear pushed through my PrOTT plugin setup to pants-shitting effect.
Obviously I have this this set to full-retard mode for dramatic effect but the timbre it gives is amazing for pummeling shit while sound designing, and what was really dope is later when I backed off the settings, I was able to get much more granular and precise control of OTT’s effect by not only having that 4th band but also thanks to the ML4000 also having a 3rd dynamics module per band, a gate, to cut that upwards compression tail short in certain frequencies. This started as a joke but I wound up with something I’ll be using a lot more for mixing. I think I’m gonna start trying to recreate all the overused ableton meme presets in more professional level plugins (looking at you next, Yo Man!)
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