Hi OTT, have to say this is the best site ever for advice - thank you so much for your help! My question is: do you own a transient designer, and if so any recommendations?
You're most welcome, I enjoy writing it.
I like the one in Cubase 7.5's channel strip but I also have the Native Instruments model of the SPL Transient Designer which is good too.
I've used the Sony Oxford TransMod and that also does the job very well.