Timber 3D plugin guide and FAQs

  Source Features

Position Coordinates of the sound source

X = left - right (negative L, positive R)
Y = height
Z = depth or distance.
0,0,0 is centre of the room.

Yaw and Speed of the source

- Yaw is pivot around the current position, the source is directional, the angle will change the character of the sound.
- Speed is the maximum speed an object can have, and determines the doppler effect and speed of movement.
Notes: 
- The speed is expressed in in m/sec, a car that drives 80km/hour moves at 22 m/sec. 80 Km/h equals 50 Miles per hour approximately.
- Bear in mind that if your automation moves are at a higher speed, the object will lag because of it’s maximum speed. This is indicated by the trailing dot.
- Higher speeds are not better, it is best to choose a realistic speed. 

  Reflections

The reflections are ‘real’ reflections, the software calculates the actual timing differences of the reflections of the walls based on the positions of source and listener and size of room.

Orders and Damping

- Order determines how many reflections are calculated:
1st order is only the first reflection of each wall,
2nd order also adds the reflections of the first order reflected by the other walls,
3rd applies the same calculation on the first and second order reflections.

These are quite processor intensive, do not use more rfxl than you need, and more is not always better. 

  Levels

Master level

Overall level

Hrtf

The level of the direct 3D sound.
The small red switch is used for occlusion, when an object is not in line of sight of the listener, there is no direct sound, only rflx.
Use this switch to toggle the direct sound when occlusion happens. 

Reflection

This slide controls the level of the reflections. This greatly influences the feeling of the room, and values between -12 to -26 are most used. Automating this parameter can greatly enhance the ‘room’ feeling.

Drop off.

In real life the level goes down by 6dB when the distance is doubled.
With this slider you can adjust this, because real life doesn’t always work in sound design...

Presence

This is a very sophisticated filter that changes the character of the hrtfs and has a huge influence on the character and presence of the sound. Do not fear to use this slider, minimum is no effect, maximum is a 100% corrected filter for distance. The right setting depends on the character of the sound and has to be set by ear. When in doubt, 50 to 100% is good,
Be careful with dialogue or sources that contain a lot of high frequencies.

   Environment

Room

Size of the room, often a non realistic size works better, and for outdoor use large rooms with lower rflx.

Listener

Self explanatory, see source explanation, same applies here for the listener.

Groups

Group Often you have different scenes in a project, with different rooms. By assigning a plugin to a group, all plugins within that group share certain parameters, such as the room size.
This makes it easier to work on different sound sources in the same scene.
Use this with care, as Pro Tools doesn’t really support shared parameters between plugins.

  General Notes and Tips

- Avoid post 3D processing it is better to pre-eq, pre-compress, etc. than afterwards.

- 3D processing works better if the content contains more frequencies/harmonics. (a sine wave has no harmonics, and is impossible to ‘3D’)

- If you need a more exaggerated 3D experience you can use harmonics creating plugins as preprocess, especially the Sonnox Inflator works nice because it keeps the natural character of the sound source.

- Although you can start with real life settings when it comes to distance and sizes, do not fear to radically change some settings if you do not get the 3D effect you’re looking for.

- The plugin processes mono input. If you insert it on a stereo track it will sum L and R.

- If you have stereo sources you can split them in L and R and give each it’s own track and plugin. 

- The centre of the room is the least interesting place for listener and source, as the rflx of L and R walls, and F and B walls are the same.
It is advisable to position the listener outside the centre of the room, and have the source move around him.
Putting the listener more to the L or R can be tricky (because it is not in the centre of the sound image anymore) but F and B are perfect to use.

- The plugin is quite processor intensive. It is advisable to join sounds on tracks, to avoid DSP overloads. It depends on the speed of the computer, I usually ended up with around 20-30 t3D instances. Do not always use 3rd order rflx.
Depending on the computer, graphics can be quite a load on the system. If you experience processor overloads, then close the plugin windows so that it doesn’t need to display the movements. (this is true for almost all plugins)

- The software is still in beta for Pro Tools. Save regularly, and make incremental copies, so that in case of a corrupt session, you can go back to a previous version.

- Use a large buffer setting when mixing. Pro Tools finds it easier to distribute the load of the plugins with larger buffers.

Let us know any issues you might have.