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Old 23rd January 2009
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calling Flux Alchemist users

Hi,

I am currently checking out the Flux Alchemist demo. As far as I can tell the only limitations of the demo is that its 30 min use before the controls are blacked out, and there are no saving of settings.

I don't quite get the manual. So, I figured I could ask a specific question, so that I may be enlightened.

I have a song were the vocals sit nice in the verse, but gets a little buried during the louder parts\ chorus. I want to use Alchemist to compress the S signal during the chorus in the two upper bands. At the same time, I want to add a little expansion to the M signal in the upper band, while leaving the M signal of the mid band alone.

At the same time I want to add some parallel compression to the low band.

Is this doable within Alchemist at all ? the controls does not seem to switch when shifting "M C S" slider at all...is it just either or ?? or is that controller just applied to the Bittersweet ?

I guess the way to do parallel compression with the Alchemist is by using the "dry mix" gain ? Is that only a global value ? its not possible to set the dry mix value in relation to the bands ?? i.e. dry mix on band 1 : - 10 , dry mix on band 2 : - 20 etc ??

I may have misunderstood this whole plug in, but if you have some know how on it, please set me straight

tia
Old 23rd January 2009
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I have been using the Alchemist for a while now, but I wouldn't call myself an expert by any means. The thing fantastic but very complex.
I don't think you are able to apply the bands on an M/S basis. Only Bittersweet (on any particular band) can be applied on an M/S basis. You can alter the ratio of mid to side LEVEL of a specific band.
For example, you could tell Bittersweet on the page that corresponds to the controls for lets say a 2-4K range to act only on the M signal and then you could use the M/S knob on the main part of the page (not related to Bittersweet) to make 2-4K wider by turning up the sides. But as far as I can tell, you can't put the main dynamics of that band to act only on let's say M signals.
As far as parallel, that it only available globally and not on a per band basis. Does that answer your question?

Dave
Old 23rd January 2009 | Show parent
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Thanx.

Yes that answers my questions. I guess I was expecting too much.

Any recommendation for a plug that does MS compression ? I checked out Fabfilters Pro-C but the gui makes my head spin. I had a Weiss DS-1 MK 3, but I am starting to regret that I sold it...

cheers
Old 24th January 2009 | Show parent
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There are quite a few companies that sell M/S encode/decode matrix plugins. Simply insert any dual mono compressor in between these and voila.
I think the TC System 6000 also does M/S compression, regular and multiband. Not totally sure if it does multiband in M/S mode.

Dave
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