Peak Rider 2 is a supremely powerful dynamics plugin in VST, AU, AAX, and RTAS formats. Unlike any other kind of dynamics processor, Peak Rider 2 is like a whole arsenal of FX and mix plugins combined into one, with a totally new approach to handling any kind of audio material.
At its heart, Peak Rider 2 uses three detection modes to analyzes a sidechain signal and creates a smooth, continuous ‘envelope’ from it. This envelope can be split into stereo or frequency bands, EQed, and used to control your main input with 5 unique processing modes. The sidechain can be anything at all, and PR2 can even generate its own signal using a built-in synth.
Whether PR2 uses boost or attenuation totally depends on the sidechain and input material, allowing for endless creative possibilities. Here are just a few uses:
-Make huge boosts and cuts without affecting volume or loudness.
-Use a drum track’s own envelope and adjust it, effectively becoming a very powerful multiband transient designer.
-Match the peaks of a rhythmic track to a static synth, creating an all-new part full of life and motion.
-Level the volume of an unruly vocal by matching it to a set volume.
-Saturate and distort any instrument without losing any dynamics at all.
-Seamlessly remove mic bleed from a noisy isolated track.