"I use the SPL Transient Designer plug-in on almost every one of my drums. It helps get a great attack on the sound. You want the transients to shine through and 'wow,' that plug-in" - [Armin Van Buuren](http://www.uaudio.com/store/special-processing/spl-transient-designer.html).more
In this video at 9:26 René from Black Sun Empire can be seen using this plugin. He says: "This is another trick you can do to add different layers [of drums] because the attack is always gonna be a problem, so if you have different attacks from either snares or kicks sometimes it's better to take out a bit of the attack, and this plugin does it".more
In [this article](http://patricksisson.com/gang-signs-post-punk-legends-gang-of-four-revisit-old-principles-and-crank-up-the-transistor-amps-on-content/), Andy discusses his drum micing technique. “'For the snare, I use an SM57 or Beyerdynamic M88, an SM85, and a KSM44,' says Gill. 'The 44 I usually put close and send through [a] Transient Designer for more whack and crack; it gives it character.'”more
Used on the tom for some of *Anthem of the Peaceful Army*, including "When the Curtain Falls" and "Lover Leaver", as stated by mix engineer Al Sutton in this January 2019 *Sound on Sound* interview. > "I used to send the toms through a BBE 442 to give them more attack, but that piece of kit recently died, so on some tracks, like 'Lover Leaver', I instead tried the SPL Transient Designer plug-in to do the same thing."more
Be it the Universal Audio version or the Plugin Alliance Version, this plugin is kind of important in my workflow to shape drums and other percussive sounds to make them stand out even more in nowadays music. Everything is about being direct and clear and kind of hyperrealistic, and this is where this plugin helps if you are after that and music production is your living.