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
Innovative technology applied to compression. Probably a solid addition to anyones arsenal of plugins.
Automatic Gain Compensation Option?
Great plugin, but please – is there any chance to implement the Automatic Gain Compensation option in some future update? I don't want to be fooled by the volume differences everytime I change any parameter within dynamics section. Please, please – it would be perfect!
why the double make up gain??
This is an incredible plugin, give it some time to learn how to properly use and it'll feel like you have unfair advantage compared to everyone else. There is something really annoying about this V3 version. I've used V2 as the main mastering process in every single project I've worked on since 2013, it's fair to say I know the thing and it's a fundamental piece of my workflow. The limiter is fantastic, it clips in a way that reminds me of clipping high end A/D converters and it's one of the reason I use it so much, the issue is: in V2 you could push into the limiter using the gain fader and the lower the overall output with the "out gain" fader, makes sense, right? well, apparently they felt like they needed to fix something that was perfectly fine and now you don't get control over the output of this thing, but you get two faders doing the same thing as the "out gain" fader is now placed before the limiter. I imagine that is so you can use the limiter even if the entire comp section is bypassed, but you could do that before too and why not ad a stupid little knob for an actual out gain? Now, you'll say to "just put a gain plugin after the DSM" which is exactly what I do, but the question is why? it's one of those extra steps that are just annoying more than anything else, especially because the old version didn't have this slight issue. ProAudioDSP, if you're listening, PLEASE add this tiny line of code, or simply make the "out gain" an actual "out gain" - THANKS xx
by Don Bastiano
It excels on a big variety of different sources. Good for both, mastering and individual tracks. Once dialed in on a concerned track, that track won‘t do without it anymore. I got hooked in no time.
Great tool if you learn it
This is an extraordinary tool if you learn how to use it. It could cause some damage so be careful. I use it on all my masters now, Very good tool.