PolarDesigner has another unique trick up its sleeve. By dividing the audible frequency range to 5 ‘bands’, PolarDesigner can assign any of the available polar patterns to each of the bands for even more advanced pattern adjustment.
Using this feature, you can set a Hyper-Cardioid pattern for the low frequencies and then open up the patterns towards omni for the higher frequencies to achieve an airy, high-end quality with a tight and focused low-end.
Imagine rejecting the high-frequency cymbal bleed in a kick drum outer microphone with a rear-facing, cardioid pattern whilst capturing the low-end body of the kick drum using an omni pattern for the frequencies between 50-180Hz. Revolutionary!
Each of the 5 frequency bands can be solo’d/muted, the crossover point for each band can be moved to the sweet spot, and the gain for each of those ‘bands’ can be adjusted to completely tune your mic’d source to get the best possible result directly at source. And before your compression and EQ processors.
It’s worth noting that PolarDesigner is not destructively changing a setting or configuration within the audio file, it is purely altering the relative levels between the front and rear capsules between a range of frequencies to achieve the desired polar pattern(s).
Remove Spill with The Terminator
Using the technology inside the plug-in alongside some clever analysis, PolarDesigner can be used to ‘Terminate Spill’ from other sources into the microphone. This can be used when you are recording a Floor Tom microphone using OC818. Simply solo a section of spill (when the Tom isn’t being hit), engage the ‘Terminate Spill’ function in PolarDesigner, and now the plug-in analyses the audio and uses an assortment of different polar patterns at different frequencies to minimise the spill and focus-in on the instrument that you want to exaggerate. The 'Maximise' target function works in the opposite way-by exaggerating the frequency range you have solo’d and reducing the spill in other direction.
Works with any dual-output microphone
Although it has been designed to work seamlessly with OC818, the PolarDesigner plug-in works with any stereo audio file recorded with any dual output microphone or stereo/dual-cardioid set! It’s free to download from the Austrian Audio website and is compatible with any major DAW that supports AU/VST3/AAX. Best of all, it’s available now!