Been using this since early on before it was part of Plugin Alliance. It's become an indispensable part of my vocal chain and sound.
Fantastic design, great sound!
If you're looking for authentic sound, this is the one compressor that brings the true character of your mix up front. Very easy to handle, and professional.
by JH Studio
I've waited for this plugin to appear in one of PA's flash sales for over 6 months. This is a one of a kind software that's able to bring balance to your mix and duplicate the dynamic range of professional mixes. Once you learn how to optimize with this tool, you'll appreciate how indispensible it can be.
The DSM V2 is great when it does work, the best thing at de-essing vocals and can also be good in mastering in some cases where normal compression just won't cut it. But, all that said, the number of times this thing just reset itself upon reopening a session and make things sound really awkward. The recorded curve gets lost about half the time, it's not reliable. I only used it in Reaper, it may work better in other hosts.
Proaudio DSM V2
First off the negative, it doesn't have proper metering. For a pro mastering engineer it's essential to know what the compressor and peak limiter are doing, preferably with infinite hold ability on the peak lim. There's nothing. But the plug-in itself is extraordinary. We have used it on bass, vocals, percussion and the 2buss so far, all with exceptional results. I look forward to a metering update!
If you haven't bought this then you haven't run the demo. If you do run the demo, you'll buy it. I bought the Waves L1 back in 1995 and it was a game changer. I bought the Spectrum Mapper in 2018. It's a game changer.
I see why it’s rarely on sale
Serious desert island plugin. Quick de ess? Done. Complex multiband limiting? Done. Got your vocals loud, clear, and full but now they’re harsh? Not anymore. Throw it on a drum buss and those cymbals will never forgive you. The thing is that none of these examples are even the intended use. This is as real as it gets. Digital is no longer “cold”and “harsh” unless you still don’t know what you’re doing, or you thought there was no way $300 could be worth it for this plugin.