Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Peak Rider, a plugin that offers a powerful new approach to creative dynamics processing that can be used for subtle to extreme mixing, and even creating new parts altogether.

Impact Soundworks Peak Rider

It works by analyzing the peaks (volume) of a sidechain signal and generating a new envelope in real-time for a main input. This allows the main input to ‘ride’ the sidechain with no latency and sample-accurate precision.

Using PEAK RIDER, there are many creative possibilities: taking a flat, lifeless bass part and matching it to a drum groove, restoring dynamics to an over-compressed or distorted track, matching harmony vocals to a lead, creating a rhythmic pattern in a pad sound, fattening instruments while preserving dynamic range, and much more.

The plugin includes both single and multi-band processing modes with both minimum and linear-phase filters, per-band envelope shaping controls, four analysis modes including an inverted ‘duck’ mode, multiple stereo analysis & processing modes, and an adjustable spectral / waveform display among other useful features.

Peak Rider features

  • Novel new approach to dynamic processing.
  • Wideband and multiband.
  • Zero-latency analysis with linear phase option.
  • Four processing modes available.
  • Three analysis & detection modes.
  • Fine control over envelope shaping.
  • Left/right and mid/side stereo processing.
  • Simple one-time serial number activation.
  • PC VST (32/64bit), Mac VST / AU formats.

Peak Rider is available for the introductory price of $79 USD (MSRP $99 USD).

More information: Impact Soundworks / Peak Rider