C10-Limiter Quick Doc.
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Quick Start

STEP -1- : Link bands in order to control all bands simultaneously.

STEP -2- : Link both channels before using compression (otherwise, left and right channels will be processed independently).

STEP -3- : Adjust Threshold level for all bands at once (since we have linked all bands into a single group in the above steps).

STEP -4- : Increase compression ratio, (still applies to all bands).

How to Approach C10 ?
Using C10 does not seem to be easy at first, particularly when you consider the important number of parameters and setting possibilities. I am in the habit of saying that setting C10 takes either 5 minutes or 5 days. This assertion is indeed somewhat exagerated but my experience revealed that when you spend more than 15 minutes tweaking the unit, you are taking the risk of going into not very objective considerations and losing efficiency. Indeed, C10 allows you to work on many aspects of sound-tailoring; from level-optimizing to stereophonic coherence; from spacialization to phase correction... A whole set of parameters leading you to modify many aspects of your sound material, even psycho-acoustically, and that could surely enough mislead your ears and distort your judgement.

I remember the beginnings of digital audio software. Setting parameters was tricky and sometimes even risky ! Between audio-clicks related to transition problems and sudden noises appearing when calculations were exceeding CPU power, there were many reasons to remain cool and careful when manipulating the knobs of a digital audio effect.

One of the advantages of VB-Audio 's plugin range is precisely that they give you the possibility to freely manipulate the interface without thinking about technical constraints and, this way, approach the unit with all the peace of mind and sensitiveness required by the art of audio-engineering. And it is precisely because C10 offers a lot of parameters that you'll have to approach it in a physical manner, as if you were in front of a hardware device.

Let us remind you of the fact that being fast when manipulating an effect unit allows you to remain lucid and to keep your ears as neutral as possible. We know that after 30 minutes of listening - especially when you have to focus on details - your ears get tired and partially lose their integrity. Moreover, the possibility to modify parameters coarsely allows you to quickly understand the interaction between parameters and sound. This interaction depends mostly on the kind of audio-material you're processing. This is why you need to be able to understand the influence of these parameters according to the kind of signal you want to process.

Using C10 turns out to be fairly easy, as illustrated above by the quickstart guide. You can set it in a flash, just like a traditional compressor. Multi-band processing will do the rest and the miracle will take place ! But, as a matter of fact, C10 is nevertheless intended for experienced sound-engineers who already know how to use 3/5-band compression and want to push this kind of processing even further.

C10 : The Multiband Compressor


The principle on which C10 works is simple : 10 frequency bands are extracted - here, we're talking about 10 octaves, actually - and then processed separately through different processing units (delay, pan, phase correlation control, compressors, gain, limiter). The resulting signal is then rebuilt through the simple remixing of our 10 processed tracks.

C10 : The 10 bands extraction

Per Band Processing :

Each extracted band is looked upon as a channel-strip like those you would find on a virtual mixing console. Below is a detailed description of one of these mixer strips, showing you the set of processings that you can apply onto each of the 10 bands available in C10.

C10 : Strip Description

C10's measuring tools :

C10 features a very comprehensive screen with measuring tools allowing you to assess what is going on for each band, regarding levels as well as phase characteristics (in stereo). Because it offers two display windows (top and bottom : see below), it allows you to keep an eye on a fair amount of information at the same time. The main part of the user interface (see here on the right) allows you to set the different parameters that will modify the way measures are displayed (MIN, MAX, Max Gain Reduction) as well as how they will be performed.

C10 : Measure Display

C10's Powerful Interface

The FULLBOARD button opens C10's console GUI enabling access to all bands as if you were in front of a 10-channel mixing board. The MUTING interface displays the button-matrix shown below :

C10 : Mute / Reset Matrix

If you imagine 10 bands onto which you can apply 8 different effects - input gain (Gain IN), phase correlation control (Cor. Phase), phase shifting (L/R), delay, stereo balance setting (Panoramic), compression, post-gain compression (Gain Out) and, at last, a limiter - then you can also imagine the above matrix, where processings appear on the vertical axis and frequency bands on the horizontal axis, giving you the possibility to de-activate/re-activate one single processing for a particular band or for all bands at once, or even all processings at once for a particular band.

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