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Smack Attack

Emphasize, tame, and shape drums and percussion
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Shape Your Drums’ Punchwith the Ultimate Transient Shaper


Make drums leap out of a mix. Help the snare crack instead of thud. Get strummed acoustic guitar to sound crisper. Enable percussive rap vocals to hit hard. Or, go in the other direction—tame hand percussion to sit better in the mix, or pull back a bass’s attack to emphasize sustain.

Compared to traditional transient shapers, Smack Attack’s powerful processing provides more detailed control over the initial attack. From tracks to masters, your sound comes alive.

  • Emphasizes percussive peaks for more punch and presence
  • Controls attack characteristics more flexibly than ever before
  • Customize attack levels, and how much of the attack to process
  • Softens peaks to place instruments further back in the mix
  • Selectively tighten or extend transients and sustain
  • Sensitivity control for selective transient shaping
  • Advanced features—parallel processing, MIDI control
  • Limiter/clipper to drive your sound to the limit
  • Real-time graphic display makes it easy to optimize settings quickly
  • Zero latency for live sound mixing in real time
Watch It in Action

Control Percussive Soundswith Total Detail

  • Restore Presence for Drums and Percussive instruments

    The recording process can’t always capture transients faithfully, which dulls the sound. Smack Attack not only restores transients, but can emphasize them to produce hyper-realistic presence and energy.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Pick Your Punch

    Add as much, or as little, punch as you want to any instrument with a percussive attack. Bring drums, bass, brass stabs, string attacks, even vocals closer to a mix’s forefront. Or, push the punch hard—and set sounds on stun.

  • Take the Edge Off, Too

    Bright acoustic guitars sound great—but the pick noise can be overwhelming. Use Smack Attack to soften the pick transient, but keep the brightness. Or, take the edge off tambourines and other aggressive percussion.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • From Surgical Fixes to Creative Effects

    Apply different shapes to the attack, from tight spikes to blunt shapes with a slower rise. Raise sustain to bring up room sound on drums, or lower sustain to tighten up any sound (like a ringing tom) that overstays its welcome. Both Attack and Sustain come with Sensitivity and Duration controls to tailor the effect with precision.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Flexible and Versatile

    Parallel processing lets you dial in the right blend of transient-shaped and original sound. And even when pushing punch to the max, you can enable clipping or limiting to guard against excessive output levels.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Zero Latency for Live Sound

    Smack Attack’s real-time operation has no latency, so it rocks your sound in live shows as well. You can even add real-time expressiveness with MIDI controllers, like a keyboard’s mod wheel, or footpedal.

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