They are right to call this thing a "secret weapon". It is a mix balancer, de-esser, compressor, limiter, and spectral side-chainer all in one. A cheat code for mix downs. The limiter is the most transparent limiter I have ever heard should you even need to use it after matching in/out levels. Once you master it, it is indispensable for bus and master processing, smoothing out the sound and getting rid of ticky digital highs. With the built in curves and curve capture, it provides an infinite array of colour and compression options. The cpu usage is staggeringly light for what it does. This is the kind of audio tool that computers were built for. An innovation in audio processing, as opposed to all the hardware clone plugs. A true modern classic. Long may it continue to be developed.
Five Stars is Inadequate...
This was an easy review to write. I have an intense dislike for automatic/AI plugins, not because I have an aversion to technology, but because they tend to be heavy-handed, and/or leave me with sub-par controls to remedy any judgements they make. I literally demoed this for 30min, on five separate tracks (all could be described as "completed-ish", but definitely not in any sort of polished, final mix stages,) and I was sold. It should be noted--five test tracks in 30min, with zero prior use--this thing is painless to operate, with not a lot more than essential compressor controls and a couple very smart additionals. The tracks that I tried it on were similar in that, even though they could be tentatively labeled Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, and Rock, they're all heavily, if not entirely, made up of well-sampled or real instruments. But, they all had different leading instruments: one with drums at the forefront, another with a Rhodes, another guitar, etc., and this thing performed wonderfully on all of them. Even tracks that were already controlled, with lite compression on sub-busses, and a bit of tape compression on the main busses, benefited from the precise compression applied by the DSM V3. I must admit that I can't see myself using the preset curves, and saving curves for future use seems foolish (though, some people might find this useful?) but that's only because this thing excels at reading the audio on-hand. Oh, and the CPU usage is ridiculously low, using approximately half as much as the MC77, and a third of the V76U73... not that they're similar in nature to one another, but just for a compressor benchmark. Seriously. Demo it. If it makes your material sound like crap, you're doing it wrong.
by Dave T
Love it !
Just when you thought you could'nt get anny louder or precise in terms of de-essing...along comes Mr. Frindle and makes your day! Gracias!
A SECRET WEAPON FOR THE HD E-GUITARS AND FINAL MASTERING!!!
You will read it's great for high end enhancement, I'd say it may get more applications, since it's pretty versatile. It's not great on everything, but when it's great, it's really great!
I'm no mastering engineer and I never thought id get this close to a professional master as this. Took me about 2 hours to figure out how it works. But once I did, it scared me how easy and fast it took to match my mixes/masters to reference songs. I'd use its limiter for sessions mixes but not big projects. But still, its good to have one if needed. Life would be easier if the in and out VU meters were one on top of the other, for example the in L next to out L and in R next to out R so I can level match. Now I just have to figure out where Its better to place it in the chain: first slot? last one before the main limiter? or somewhere inbetween? Really innovative. Id expect a frequency matching tool from these developers to go with it.
It’s an interesting plug-in with a weak limiter so it’s a hit and miss for tracks of mine. Some sound spectacular right out with a few tweaks. Some don’t. I’m no expert and I’m still learning this crazy plug-in but it’s always a consideration on my master. Sometimes I can replace this with Shadow Hills Red which doubles up great. It’s a mix and match thing I feel, but when done right can deliver devastating results. Once the limiter is improved to solid brick wall power, I’ll put 5 stars.
Just what I was looking for
I am happy with every PA plugin I have bought so far. But this one takes the #1 spot and made me write my first review. I was in the middle of mastering a track, which I thought was sounding pretty good, until I tried DSM V3 at the end of the chain. After capturing a nice profile (Red Rain by Peter Gabriel) DSM V3 tamed the sound in such a nice way... and added that elusive HF magic dust. Seriously good plugin!
Yeah, its really good
My review probably falls in line with everyone else in saying this thing is nuts! It takes a bit of time but once you understand how it functions the sky is the limit for sculpting. please do yourself a favor and rtfm. Works in just about any scenario where adjusting dynamics and tonality are the mission. I mean any.... from subtle bus limiting to full on sound design. Its made by a few former sonnox employees if that helps sell you on the quality that comes out the other side only note, yeah an automatic gain compensation option or numerical readouts for the metering would be super helpful. Making certain tweaks can drastically change the volume so youre left constantly juggling the gain the threshold