Overview

The SPL Attacker Plus Microplug delivers part of the same magical envelope shaping provided by the original Transient Designer hardware, replicating the edge and punch provided by the Attack knob. It uses the same processing technique, known as Differential Envelope Technology, which revolutionized dynamic processing with its level-independent methodology.

Providing just a single knob that lets you dial in all the transient punch you could ever need, Attacker Plus also sports a soft peak limiter and a dry/wet control, allowing total flexibility across a wide range of content and a worry-free workflow in the digital world. And with over a decade of hardware modeling experience, Brainworx has impregnated the Attacker Plus with a core algorithm that matches the behavior of the original Transient Designer unit closer than ever before.

Working with the Attacker Plus is disarmingly simple: All attack events can be amplified regardless of their signal level. However, don’t let this plugin’s simplicity fool you — the possibilities for studio and live applications are seemingly endless. 

Traditionally, EQ has been used to separate instruments in a mix. By focusing on the initial transient instead of specific frequencies, the SPL Attacker Plus amplifies just the attack curves of a sound event. This allows instruments to be mixed at lower levels, which opens up space in the mix while the relationship between tracks is preserved. 

Emphasize the attack of a kick drum or a loop to increase the power and presence in the mix. Adjust the apparent “distance” of the microphone by simply varying the ATTACK values. Increase the attack of guitar sounds for that in-your-face tone. The built-in limiter and dry/wet control allow you to push Attacker Plus to the edge, then dial things back as needed.

The Analog Code

“You have cracked the analog code!” That was the response from a hardware developer during listening tests of SPL’s plugin technology. The phrase quickly became associated with SPL to such a degree that the company decided it was the perfect name for their digital product line. And thus, SPL’s Analog Code brand was born. 

SPL hardware products can be found in the world’s most renowned facilities, and have become a staple for audio professionals ranging from home studio owners to top mastering engineers. With the growth of computer based audio systems, the need for the SPL sound in the form of a plugin has also grown. With Analog Code plugins, that coveted SPL sound can now be right inside your DAW.

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Features

  • Same great transient shaper taken from the Attack knob of the SPL Transient Designer Plus
  • Built-in peak limiter with Gain Reduction meter
  • Dry/Wet mix
  • Plugin Toolbar with Undo / Redo, A/B/C/D banks and reset function
  • New and improved user interface and core modeling algorithm

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • TMS

    TMS

    Songwriter/Producers (G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, One Direction)

    Loving the updated SPL plugins. I’ve always run them in parallel so to have the wet/dry knob is a godsend. The peak limiter is also a welcomed extra, especially on the Attacker Plus. You can… Read More

  • Michael Zimmerling

    Michael Zimmerling

    (Bloc Party, Simply Red, Will Young)

    It comes as a pleasant surprise to see that Plugin Alliance has updated these wonderful SPL Micro Plugins to a ‘Plus’ version. They look more appealing with a new limiter, dry/wet function,… Read More

  • Josh Newell

    Josh Newell

    Producer/Engineer/Mixer (Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Anthrax, Puff Daddy)

    The SPL Attacker Plus has to be the quickest way to add some snap to your drums. Excellent tool for getting fills to cut through on busy rock drumming.

  • Lee Slater

    Lee Slater

    Producer/Mixer/Engineer (Emeli Sande, Roots Manuva, Lana del Rey)

    My favourite plug for getting keys/piano to cut through a dense mix, or take-your-head-off punch for your kick and snare!

Customer Reviews

  • Limiter included!

    ★★★★★
    by Maniou
    All transient designers sound different but this has some reality to it. Comes with a peak limiter that works pure magic and allows great control.
  • Like it!

    ★★★★☆
    by Jacek Strzelczyk
    This product works as it should. It has not "woow" effect, but it's quite good.
  • SPL Attacker plus

    ★★★★★
    by j tayo
    Three knobs, great sound, transients sorted .
  • Loving this!

    ★★★★★
    by Geo316
    I bought it because I have a track with a couple of really funky staccato Wah Wah guitar riffs. This little plug really brought out the parts. I've also used it across a drum buss or on kick or snare… Read More
  • Attacker Plus

    ★★★★★
    by timirjan@yandex
    I really like the plugin, it does not spoil the sound, it makes it brighter, alive!

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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