bpb Freeware Studio: Best Free Transient Shaper VST/AU Plugins


bpb Freeware Studio: Best Free Transient Shaper VST/AU Plugins

In the first bpb Freeware Studio article of 2012, let’s take a look at the best free transient shaper VST/AU plugins for Windows and Mac.

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My first choice from the list is Transient Shaper by Michael Gruhn, shortly followed by dominion. Both are very good transient shapers, smooth and natural sounding.

BitterSweet II by Flux is another great choice for a free transient shaper plugin. It was obviously designed with extreme ease of use in mind and lets the user control the transients using a single knob.

UPDATE: My current favorite is actually Transient by Sleepy-Time Records. It’s a fantastic transient shaper with a clean and simple interface. Recommended!

Another great plugin that is often mentioned as a free transient shaper is Transient Monster by Stillwell – the evalution copy is fully functional and free to download, but the licence costs $49.

Finally, for those unfamiliar with how transient shapers work, here’s a nice video tutorial by ourmixtape:

And that’s all for today’s edition of bpb Freeware Studio! Enjoy using the plugins, support BPB (by sharing links on Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, your favorite forums, websites, etc.) and happy mixing!

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Tomislav is a musician and a blogger. He writes about free and affordable music production tools on a daily basis here at Bedroom Producers Blog.


  1. Dominion still my fav.
    I even tested it against SPL ones and it killed them ;)

    As you can set the attack and sustain length, not only the level, you can be more in control than most others :D

  2. Not sure I should be telling you this… it’s my secret weapon… but there’s an awesome plugin that you probably already have installed that has several transient designers available for it (along with tons of other goodies): ReaJS, the JS scripting plugin available as part of the free Cockos Reeaplugs Suite.

    It includes a lot of “scripts” to start you off and there’s lots more on the Reaper forum; Filters, EQs, Compressors, Limiters, hell just about every sort of effect you could want!

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      good point, i keep ReaJS installed but i’ve never really explored all the available scripts. i know that Stillwell Audio did quite a bit of work in that format – even some of their VSTs are available for ReaJS as freeware. will have to give it a test sometime soon. :]

  3. the bittersweet is muy go-to since i’m using pro tools. It’s great, and really musical. can’t believe it’s free!

  4. Very impressed, I never use a transient designer, I do that with compressors, but now I know how do it better with my synth lines!!

    Everyday we can learn something new!!!


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      oh i’ve tested Transient and it’s simply brilliant. i’m waiting for KVR DC12 voting stage to finish and i’ll update the Free VST Plugins section on BPB with my favorites, including Transient.

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