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Table of Contents
What is TrackSpacer? ...................................................................................................... 3
Whats new in version 2.0? ........................................................................................... 3
Previous updates ............................................................................................................. 3
Installation ......................................................................................................................... 4
Entering your serial number............................................................................ 4
Demo limitations ............................................................................................................. 5
About Sidechaining ........................................................................................................ 5
Setting up ........................................................................................................................... 5
GUI overview ..................................................................................................................... 6
Advanced Panel ................................................................................................... 7
Basic Usage ........................................................................................................................ 7
FAQ ....................................................................................................................................... 8
Legal Agreement ............................................................................................................. 9
Thank You .......................................................................................................................... 10

TRACKSPACER 2.0 | USERS MANUAL | WAVESFACTORY 2013

What's TrackSpacer?
TrackSpacer is an audio plug-in (available in VST, VST3, AU, RTAS and AAX formats) that
creates space in the mix for an instrument, voice, or other audio by performing
automatic, multiband equalization on a channel based on the spectrum of another
channel. In real-time it analyzes the audio frequency content via sidechain, and applies
an intelligent 32-band EQ to subtract those frequencies from the track where
TrackSpacer is inserted.
TrackSpacer is versatile and can be used in many different situations. But for illustration
let's look at two common examples where i can solve complex EQ problems.
If the kick and the bass are competing for space, insert TrackSpacer in the bass
channel and have it listen to the kick. Then you can easily fine-tune it so that it
only subtracts from the bass signal the frequencies that help define the core
sound of the kick. The result is that both are heard more clearly.
If you need to create room for the vocal in a busy and dense mix, route all the
competing instruments to a bus, insert TrackSpacer, and have it listen to the
vocal. As the performer talks or sings TrackSpacer selectively subtracts the
vocal's audio frequency energy from the bus signal. This gives the vocal a lift
without a reduction in the overall volume level of the instruments.

What's New in version 2.0?


1. AAX Support.
New standard plugin format for Avid Pro Tools.
2. Mid/Side processing.
Subtract frequencies in the mid channel, in the sides or anything in between.
3. Sidechain.
Now you can listen to the sidechain with filters to better fine tune the plugin.
4. Attack-Release.
Full control over the attack and release of the effect.
5. Pan.
In stereo mode (L-R) now you can subtract frequencies in the left channel, in the
right channel or anything in between.
6. GUI.
New EQ lines with antialiasing algorithm, cleaner white background without
skratches, brigther knobs, led light on the freeze button that lights up when its
enabled and a new advanced panel.

Previous Updates
We also did some updates before from version 1.0 to version 1.4.
Minor bug fixes.
CPU fixes.
VST3 support.
Mono -> Mono option.

Installation
Windows
Run the TrackSpacer install program to install TrackSpacer to your computer.
1. Start the install program to display the TrackSpacer Setup Wizard.
2. Click Next to continue.
3. Review the license agreement.
4. Click the radio button beside I accept the agreement.
5. Click Next to continue.
6. Select the folder where you wish TrackSpacer to be installed.
7. Click Next to continue.
8. Confirm that the installation destination folders are correct.
9. Click Install to install TrackSpacer.
Macintosh
Run the DMG file downloaded from our website to install TrackSpacer to your
computer.
1. Start the install program by doble click on TrackSpacer.mpkg
2. Review the license agreement.
3. Click Next to continue.
4. Click Agree to continue.
5. In this point you can choose what version of the plugin you want to install
(VST2.4, VST3, AU, RTAS or AAX), you have to click Personalize.
6. Click Install.

Entering your serial number


When you purchase TrackSpacer, the serial number, along with the installers, are sent to
you by e-mail.
You will be prompted to enter a serial number the first time you insert TrackSpacer into
a channel.
1. Copy and paste the serial number into the text field, then press the Enter/Return
key.
2. Close TrackSpacer.
3. Relaunch TrackSpacer.

Demo Version Limitations


Please note that the demo version has the following limitations:
MIDI automation of controls disabled.
Control settings are not saved, meaning that when you open a project where
you used TrackSpacer all controls will not be recalled.
Audio watermark sounds every X minutes, depending on the number of
instances on your project.

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About Sidechaining
Sidechaining within a DAW refers to using the audio signal in one channel (the send) to
trigger or control a virtual effect (VST, AU, etc) that modifies the audio in a different
channel (the receive).
Two examples of sidechaining that you may be familiar. Both involve the use of a
compressor:
Ducking using the presence of one signal to trigger a volume reduction of
another signal. A classic ducking setup involves using a compressor on a synth
pad, with the compression triggered by the presence of a kick drum. This causes
the synth pad to duck out of the way of the kick.
Gating using the presence of one signal to trigger a gate on another signal. A
common dance and electronic music technique is to use the audio from a kick
drum to open the gate on a bass track. This tightens up the mix by making he
kick drum and bass attacks perfectly in sync.
Of course, you can also use sidechain techniques with stem mixes so that an entire
group of tracks can be ducked, gated, equalized, or otherwise affected in response to
another signal.

Setting Up TrackSpacer
This section provides the steps for inserting TrackSpacer and setting up the sidechain.
1. Decide on two tracks or channels that you want TrackSpacer to analyze. The
channel containing the audio to be equalized is called the affected signal. The
channel that TrackSpacer uses for comparison is called the control signal.
2. Insert TrackSpacer as an effect on the channel you wish to EQ the affected
signal.
3. Setup the sidechain. Each DAW requires a different procedure. Cubase users had
problems with VST2.4, so we updated the plugin to VST3, so now its very simple
to set up. Ableton Live users also had some problems for routing the sidechain,
so
we
made
a
video
tutorial
on
how
to
do
it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuzoZh1YWi0

GUI Overview

1. EQ display: The EQ Display shows the traces of the control signal spectral
content (upper trace blue) and the spectral content of the frequencies
subtracted (EQ applied) to the affected signal (lower trace white). TrackSpacer
analyzes and subtracts frequencies in real time so the traces animate based on
the audio signals.The area below the audio signals indicates the name and value
of any control that is being changed (or has the mouse cursor hovering over it).
2. Advanced Panel button: when clicking this button you go to the advanced
panel.
3. Freeze button. Freezes the EQ at the current level based on the EQ Ratio, Low
Pass, and High Pass settings.
4. Ratio: sets the amount (ratio) that TrackSpacer subtracts.
5. Low Pass: sets the low pass frequency.
6. High Pass: sets the high pass frequency.

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1. Pan: This knob has two different behaviours depending on what mode youre
working on. When L/R is selected, the pan knob pans the effect to the left
channel when turned to the left or the right channel when turning to the right.
That means that TrackSpacer 2.0 can reduce frequencies where you want.
When M/S is selected the pan knob controls the mid and sides channels. When
turned to the left it subtracts frequencies only in the mid channel, and when
turned to the right the frequencies are only reduced in the sides.
2. Mode selector: L/R means left/right and its the default value, working in
stereo. M/S means mid/sides, working in mid-side mode.
3. Attack/Release: Set the amount of time you want TrackSpacer to react and to
relax. Expressed in ms.
4. Sidechain: When this button is selected you are only hearing the sidechain
input. This is useful to better fine tune the filters to find posible masking issues.

Basic Usage
Basic usage involves adjusting TrackSpacers controls and most importantly, listening
carefully to the mix. The steps below are designed to get you started.
1. Ensure that the sidechain is setup correctly.
2. 2. Start audio playback in the DAW. When you first insert TrackSpacer the audio
controls will be at their default settings:

EQ Ratio 25%
Low Pass Frequency 20 Hz
High Pass Frequency 20,000 Hz

3. Listen to the audio of the affected signal and watch the EQ Display.
4. Increase the EQ Ratio to get a better perspective of the range of frequencies
being subtracted from the affected signal. At this point you may only be able to hear
the affected signal very faintly.

5. Adjust the Low Pass Frequency and High Pass Frequency controls until you
can hear (and see) that TrackSpacer is subtracting enough of the affected signal
to make room for the audio of the control signal.
Note: Although there are many ways to use TrackSpacer, one effective method is
to create a notch that subtracts only those frequencies that seem to be blurring
or muddying the mix.
6. Fine tune TrackSpacers controls using the advanced panel until you find the
sweet spot where both tracks are sitting nicely in the mix.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


1. Will it work in my DAW?
Yes, it is available in all major formats: VST, VST3, AAX, RTAS and AU (Audio Units)
both for Mac and PC.
2. Is it 64 bit?
Yes, it is.
3. Is TrackSpacer an EQ or a multiband compressor?
We could say that TrackSpacer is the best of both worlds. It is not a multiband
compressor, it is not a traditional EQ, it is not a dynamic EQ, its a completely new
approach. Ill explain why:
A sidechained compressor reduces the volume of a track based on the volume
of another track. TrackSpacer reduces the frequencies of a track based on the
frequencies of another track.
A multiband compressor lets you control the volume of the track splitted in a
number of bands, but only the straight volume.
TrackSpacer is a 32 band EQ that creates automatic EQ curves based on the
spectral content of another track to make more room for this track.
4. Is it a miracle plugin?
Of course not, we dont want it to be. TrackSpacer helps you to get better mixes
more quickly and easily. It can solve specific problems like I need this acoustic
guitar to pop out because it gets blurried in the middle of the distorted guitars,
synths and piano, but I cant give it too much volume, then you would insert
TrackSpacer to fix that.
But it can also be used to mix a whole song, do to its analysis you can get precise
equalisation and subtract only the frequencies that are needed between all
tracks to sit well with each other.
5. The effect is too noticeable.
As we said, its not a miracle plugin that you just plug in and it just works. You
still have to use your ears and your music creative perception to fine tune it.

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Legal Agreement
Wavesfactory TrackSpacer - LICENSE AGREEMENT
Grant of License:
In consideration of payment of the Licensee fee, which is a portion of the price you paid,
Wavesfactory, as Licensor, grants to you, the Licensee, a nonexclusive right to use this
copy of the TrackSpacer program (hereinafter the "SOFTWARE") on a single computer.
All rights not expressly granted to Licensee are reserved to Wavesfactory.
Software Ownership:
As the Licensee you own the disks on which the SOFTWARE is recorded or fixed.
Wavesfactory shall retain full and complete title to the SOFTWARE recorded on the
enclosed disks and all subsequent copies of the SOFTWARE, regardless of the media or
form on or in which the original disks or copies may exist. This License is not a sale of the
original SOFTWARE.
Copyright Restrictions:
This SOFTWARE and the accompanying printed or written materials are copyrighted.
Unauthorized copying of the SOFTWARE, including those instances where the
SOFTWARE has been modified, merged, or included with other Software, or of the
printed or written materials, for any reason, is expressly forbidden. Licensee may be
held liable for copyright infringement which results from such unauthorized copying.
Restrictions on Use:
Licensee may physically transfer the SOFTWARE from one computer to another,
provided that the SOFTWARE is used on only one computer at any one time. Licensee
may not electronically transfer the SOFTWARE to multiple computers over a network
system. Licensee may not distribute copies of the SOFTWARE or accompanying
materials to others. Licensee may not modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer,
decompile, disassemble, or create derivative works based on the SOFTWARE or it's
accompanying printed or written materials.
Transfer Restrictions:
Licensee shall not assign, rent, lease, sell, sublicense or otherwise transfer the
SOFTWARE to another party without prior written consent of Wavesfactory. Any party
authorized by Wavesfactory to receive the SOFTWARE must agree to be bound by the
terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Thank you
I want to thank your support. TrackSpacer has been our first plugin and we never
expected such a good reaction from engineers and musicians. I hope you enjoy this
plugin as much as we did when developing, as we do when mixing and it becomes a
must in each one of your sessions.
If you have any questions, we are always here to help:
Info@wavesfactory.com
All the best,
Jess Ginard
Founder and CEO
Wavesfactory.com

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