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Solera v3
Mastering The Art Of Dynamics
Input/Output Gain, Phase and Dry Mix controls.
Clipper (Limiter), Link Ch. and Bypass controls.
Preset/Parameter slots.
Parameter Morphing Slider with Automation.
Metering and general plug-in settings.
Detector Equalizer
Time related settings.
Compressor section.
De-Compressor section
Expander section
De-Expander section

 
 

Solera v3 - Mastering the art of dynamics
[ AU 32 & 64 bit | VST 32 & 64 bit | AAX Native/DSP/AudioSuite 32 & 64 bit* | Waves WPAPI | Merging VS3 32 & 64 bit** ]

 

How do you:

  • Compress the sound increasingly without losing the nuance and without adding pumping?
  • Make a compressor that can add loudness whilst keeping the sound airy, preserve fast transients, subtle distinction and undertone?
  • Make a processor that can recover lost dynamics?

 

In order to achieve all these things, as well as any other imaginable dynamic processing assignment, a full set of dynamic processors working together on the same processing task is required - Solera v3.

 

User Interface And Workflow

 

The Solera v3 dynamic processor combines the power of a compressor, expander, de-compressor and de-expander, all four available direct through the user interface, processing in parallel.

 

To provide the best means for the analysis of the material, a side chain section featuring a three-band equalizer to generate frequency sensitive processing, as well as input options for an external side-chain signal, is provided.
 
External side-chain available only in AU (Mac OS X) and AAX Native & DSP (Mac OS X & Windows).

 

In order to further enhance the workflow, three release modes are presented; manual, auto, and advanced (with minimum and maximum release values fully adjustable), as well as an auto delay function allowing for zero attack times by introducing a delay line in the processed signal.

 

The user interface in Solera v3 is designed for simplicity. In addition to the dynamic processing section a vast range of functions are provided to simplify the workflow and to facilitate the achievement of exceptional results. Some of the key functions are:

  • Generous -/+ 48 dB input/output gain range
  • Phase invert of the processed signal
  • Dry/wet control offering true parallel dynamics processing
  • Discrete peak-limiter rounding peaks off in a smooth and musically fashion
  • True bypass control routing the incoming signal direct to the output for a smooth transition between clean and processed signal
  • Morphing slider for seamless transition between two explicit full parameter-sets

 

Processing

 

Solera v3 is unique in its kind as it offers two different methods to analyze the signal-processing base. Either by using a straightforward detection process that generates an RMS detection value based on the signal level, the foundation of dynamic processing. Or by using a more complex detection algorithm that generates a dynamic detection value based entirely on the signal's dynamic complexity and not on traditional peak or RMS detection schemes, generating a dynamic value instead of relying on the signal level alone.

 

Solera v3 presents two parameters that are kind of unique to dynamic processing, Dynamics Ratio and Level Independent Detection (L.I.D), using the dynamic range content of the signal and not just the signal levels as standard processors do.

 

Dynamics Ratio is controlling the amount of auto-ratio determined by the signal dynamics and the manual ratio setting. This literally opens the sound, increases the dynamic impression and keeps some crest by adjusting, in real time, the ratio of every dynamic processing section in regards to both the current ratio settings and the signal content (mainly dynamic range).

 

Level Independent Detection (L.I.D) controls the amount of auto-threshold determined by the signal dynamics and the manual threshold value, providing processing of the audio signal independently of the sound level and instead in regards to the signal dynamic range. A Maximum mode can be engaged on the L.I.D control, allowing for processing that accounts for the maximum values of both the standard and the L.I.D detection schemes.

 

As all Flux:: processors Solera v3 provide up to eight channels of simultaneous processing for multichannel/surround operations.

 

 

To learn more about Solera’s features, hover your mouse over the thumbnail images above.

 

 

*Solera v3 AAX Native/DSP & AAX AudioSuite supports 32 bit in Pro Tools 10.3.5 and 64 bit in Pro Tools 11.

 

** VS3 license not included in Flux:: standard license. Additional VS3 license for Pyramix & Ovation Native/MassCore 32/64 bit versions available from Merging Technologies: http://www.merging.com/sales

 

 


 

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Solera v3 Reviews

 

 

For the full feature set, hover your mouse over the small images to the right above.

 

Signal Processing Features

  • Input/Output gain controls for adjusting the levels before and after processing.
  • External side chain support for AAX (Native & DSP) and AU ; in mono and stereo format
  • Phase invert of the processed signal.
  • Dry Mix control (Dry/Wet with gain compensation) allowing for parallel processing or for blending some of the original "peak" into the processed signal.
  • Clipper, a discrete peak limiter at the very last stage of the processing chain rounding off the peaks smooth and musically.
  • Bypass routes the incoming signal direct to the output for a true smooth transition between processed and clean signal.

 

Preset and Parameter Handling

 

Preset/Parameter slots

To enhance the workflow the two Preset/Parameter slots, A and B, can be loaded with two full set of parameters at the same time. Apart from saving each preset, a "Global Preset" containing both the A and B settings, and the position of the "Morphing Slider", can be saved.

 

Parameter Morphing Slider with Automation

The Morphing Slider provides morphing between the parameter settings of slot A/B allowing for really creative and useful real-time tweaking. Enabling the Automation control button exposes the Morphing Slider to the host automation.

Availability

Solera v3 is available in:

  • AU / VST / AAX Native / AAX DSP / AAX AudioSuite / Waves WPAPI
  • Merging VS3 MassCore/Native**

 

Processing Specifications

Solera v3 provides:

  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.
  • External side chain support for AAX (Native & DSP) and AU ; in mono and stereo format
  • 64-bits internal floating point processing.
  • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz DXD (Pyramix & Ovation MassCore/Native)**
  • Sampling rate up to 192 kHz for Native (AU/VST/AAX/AAX AudioSuite).

 

Compatibility

All major native formats as well as AVID AAX DSP are supported

  • Windows - 7 SP1, 8, 8,1 and 10 all in both 32 and 64 bits*.
    • VST (2.4)
    • AAX Native/DSP*
    • AAX AudioSuite*
    • Waves WPAPI
    • Merging VS3 (Only in Windows 7 32/64 bits)**
  • Mac OS X (Intel) - 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.5 and 10.11.5 in both 32 and 64 bits*.
    • VST (2.4)
    • AU
    • AAX Native/DSP*
    • AAX AudioSuite*
    • Waves WPAPI

 

* Solera v3 AAX Native/DSP & AAX AudioSuite supports 32 bit in Pro Tools 10.3.5 and 64 bit in Pro Tools 11.

 

** VS3 license not included in Flux:: standard license. Additional VS3 license for Pyramix & Ovation Native/MassCore 32/64 bit versions available from Merging Technologies: http://www.merging.com/sales

 

 

Due to AVID ProTools changing to AAX, from Version 3 (v3) RTAS for AVID ProTools is no longer supported.

 

Hardware Requirements

A graphic card fully supporting OpenGL 2.0 is required.
 

  • Mac OS X: OpenGL 2.0 required - Mac Pro 1.1 & Mac Pro 2.1 are not supported.
  • Windows: If your computer has an ATi or NVidia graphics card, please assure the latest graphic drivers from the ATi or NVidia website are installed.

 

Software Licence Requirements

In order to use the software one of the following alternatives is required

  • An iLok.com user account (the iLok USB Smart Key is not required).
  • A Flux:: USB Dongle (Available in our online store).

 

 

Solera v3 AAX DSP Specifications

 

AAX DSP Number of Solera v3 instances per dsp.
 
44.1 - 48 khz (1 FS)
88.2 - 96 khz (2 FS) 176.4 - 192 khz (4 FS)
1 Channel
4
2
1
2 Channels
2
1
x
3 Channels
2
1
x
4 Channels
1
x
x
5 Channels
1
x
x
6 Channels
1
x
x
7 Channels
x
x
x
8 Channels
x
x
x