When in Doubt, Split It
Eventide uses PACE’s iLok licensing system, with or without and iLok hardware dongle, to license plug-in products.
Each license provides two activations which can reside on either your computer or on an iLok license dongle. Once you’ve purchased your plug-in, you’ll need to register it on Eventide’s website, activate your license, and install the plug-in on to your computer.
Physion (formerly known as Fission) is the first plug-in to use the ground-breaking Structural Effects technology - A new method for processing audio.
It allows you to split a sound into its transient and tonal parts, independently manipulate them using Eventide's world-class effects and then fuse them back together. With the ability to add effects and dynamic controls to the transient and tonal sections, you can produce a wide range of effects, from the subtle to the extreme.
Eventide’s patent-pending technology, Structural Effects, does something new. It separates a sound into its transient (impact/unpredictable/jagged) and tonal (sustaining/stable/smooth) parts more effectively and accurately than previous methods. Take, for example, a snare drum. We perceive the smack of the stick hitting the drum head and the resulting snare sizzle as the "transient" part of the sound. The ringing of of the body of the snare is perceived as "tonal." Our new method employs a technique which can be broadly classified as morphological component analysis to cleanly separate these "sonic shapes."
Structural Effects technology is different because it works in a fundamentally new and different way. It’s not an EQ or compressor or limiter or transient shaper, per se. It's a a method for precisely deconstructing sound by using what can be described as a sonic "sieve" in the sense that the audio is "filtered" not by frequency but rather the audio is "filtered" based on "shapes".
The method splits a sound into two separate streams: transient and tonal. These two streams can then be independently processed, manipulated and generally messed with. These streams can then be recombined to produce a new sound. Eventide anticipates developing a family of plug-ins based on the method of splitting sound into its structural components.
Structural Effects, with its emphasis on the transient nature of sound, will naturally be compared to traditional transient shapers which focus on the dynamics of a sound’s transients. While transient shapers can be used to great effect, their separation of fundamental sound components is imprecise, limited and comes with a steep learning curve. Furthermore, transient shapers typically only allow the manipulation of gain and decay, and usually only in the vicinity of prominent transients.
Physion is a versatile tool for sound designers. Splitting and manipulating audio allows you to create and explore sounds never heard before. Remove transients from pianos or guitars to create bowed sounds,or go even further by adding extreme effects to the independent channels.
Physion allows you to easily re-tune a drum without affecting the transient. Delay the cracking transient of a rimshot while leaving the tonal ring as-is. Solo out the transients to tighten up a sound and add some compression to tighten further.
Physion’s structural split can be used to modify vocals in subtle or drastic ways. Emphasize or reduce sibilance, add or remove resonance, or turn robust vocals into whispers
Physion is not a traditional transient shaper - it’s a transient separator. It goes beyond what has been possible by allowing you to surgically tune the transient and tonal response independently.
Remove unwanted tonal ring and hiss, or just reduce it with compression/expansion. Beef up the transients from old instrumental recordings to improve presence in a mix without squashing the life out of the tonal material.
Use various instances of Physion to morph and transform your loops using independent tonal and transient delays.
- Split audio into "Transient" and "Tonal" components.
- Radically re-shape a sound by soloing the Tonal and Transient channels. Tighten up drums by dropping the tonal section, or tune a guitar into an ambient sweep by losing the transients.
- Split, modify and reassemble any sound.
- Fine-tune the split using the four “Structural Split” controls.
- Six Transient effects available: Delay, Tap Delay, Dynamics, Phaser, Reverb, Gate + EQ.
- Seven Tonal effects available: Delay, Compressor, Pitch, Chorus, Reverb, Tremolo, EQ.
- Waveform display for clear tracking of Transient/Tonal audio in real time.
- Artists presets include Richard Devine, Chris Carter, Suzanne Ciani, Joe Chiccarelli, John Agnello, Stewart Lerman, Steve Rosenthal, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and more.
Compatibility and Downloads
Eventide uses PACE’s ilok.com licensing system, with or without and iLok hard- ware dongle, to license their plug-in products. Each license provides two activations which can reside on either your computer or on an iLok license dongle.
- AAX format requires Pro Tools 10 or higher or Windows 7 or more recent
- VST format requires any VST host and Microsoft Windows 7 or more recent
- AAX format requires Pro Tools 10 or higher and Mac OS X 10.7 or more recent
- Audio Unit format requires any Audio Unit host and Mac OS X 10.7 or more recent
- VST format requires any VST host and Mac OS X 10.7 or more recent
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