Waves’ Smack Attack plugin lets you tame and tighten your transients

Waves has released the ‘in-yer-face’ sounding Smack Attack, a new transient shaper plugin that promises to add bite to your drums, loops, synth hits and percussive sounds.

You can control the level, shape and duration of your transients, ensuring that they’re super tight. The dedicated Attack and Sustain controls, meanwhile, give you even more flexibility, while the Sensitivity control means that you can process just the transients you want to.

The supposedly user-friendly GUI offers a real-time graphic waves display, a limiter/clipper, and a Wet/Dry mix control for parallel processing.

Smack Attack is available now in VST/AU/AAX formats priced at $49. You can download a demo, too; find out more on the Waves website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.