Overview

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Developed by Paul Frindle, the developer of some of the most respected and beloved products in the recording history, including the SSL E / G series consoles, and the mighty SONY OXFORD OXF-3 digital boards. Talk about some serious audio legacy here...

The DSM V2 plugin uses FFT analysis to accurately capture both, the frequency and level characteristics of your audio material. This "captured" FFT data can then be dynamically controlled using standard parameters (like Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Decay and Gain).

But unlike typical dynamic processors, these controls directly affect the FFT data, not just the audio. This way, you can capture the characteristics of any audio signal and apply it to any other sound or part!

Truly professional results can be achieved quickly for several dynamics processes, including (but not limited to): Loudness Enhancement, Compression, Vocal enhancement, De-Essing, adjusting different songs to each other in mastering, etc.

The DSM also includes a single-button Limiter function and Dithering, optimized to work with the DSM’s 18-band (!) compression stage.

Get creative with this magic tool set!

Features

  • Controls both the frequency response and dynamic characteristics of audio material via FFT manipulation!
  • Quickly captures, modifies, and re-applies sound character to its own source, or copy characteristics to other sounds.
  • Sound character mapping between whole mixes, tracks, vocal parts, and instruments.
  • Continuity matching in mastering.
  • Low Frequency Attack control progressively increases the attack time for lower frequency signals in relation to higher frequencies.
  • High Frequency Release control progressively decreases the release time for high frequency signals in relation to lower frequencies, speeding up the gain recovery for high frequency compression events.
  • Parametric Threshold - an expert mode feature that allows the user to either modify a captured spectrum manually, or build a custom spectrum from scratch.
  • Stereo or dual mono operation
  • Included 24 bit Dither, with a selectable 16-bit Dither option!

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Steve Mac

    Steve Mac

    Songwriter/Producer (Rhythm Masters/Bunker Recording Studios)

    This is one of the best multi-band compressors I have come across. It deals with phase issues, which makes it worth its weight in gold.

  • ill.GATES

    ill.GATES

    Producer/Performer/Educator (Beats Antique, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar)

    Dynamic Spectrum Mapper was first shown to me by Seth Drake and I use it every time I need to get a new track ready to play out. It allows you to copy the dynamic spectrum from one track and apply… Read More

  • Lee Slater

    Lee Slater

    Producer/Mixer/Engineer (Emeli Sande, Roots Manuva, Lana del Rey)

    BOOM! "In your face," big, clear, airy vocals, instantly. I've used various enhancers over the years, both hardware and software, but this immediately gives me what I want to hear within a few… Read More

  • Simon Franglen

    Simon Franglen

    Composer/Producer (Avatar, Titanic, Michael Jackson)

    Paul Frindle has forgotten more about digital audio than I will ever know. His decades of experience have made the truly unique DSM into one of those essential "Desert Island Plugins" that I have… Read More

  • James Wiltshire

    James Wiltshire

    Producer (Freemasons, F9 Audio)

    This has been a secret weapon of mine for note-by-note consistency on bass and frequency aligning vocals for a few years. It is utterly unique and quite often life saving.

Customer Reviews

  • Try it!

    ★★★★★
    by Reto Rausch
    Probably the most underrated plugin from Plugin Alliance. It does things no other plugin can do. You have to try it!
  • Underrated

    ★★★★★
    by Carambo
    If your source (captured curve) is of quality, it can raise the sound to an amazing quality level. It will take you time to master the parameters, but it can replace a complete chain of… Read More
  • DSM V2

    ★★★★★
    by Pat Flynn
    The DSM V2 is outstanding........on individual tracks it gives a truly professional finishing touch, it appears to put a shine on vocals and guitar and make them sit in the mix with added space and… Read More
  • You gotta learn it

    ★★★★★
    by Nick F
    This plugin is changing the way I mix. The multi-band comp taken to the extreme and capacity to match or blend to mix 'impulses' from my fav records = a joy to create with. There are a few too… Read More
  • Permanent part of my vocal chain

    ★★★★★
    by PB
    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.

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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ChangeLog

DSM V2

Dynamic Spectrum Mapper V2 - Changelog

Version 2.8 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)

Version 2.7 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix

Version 2.6 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne

Version 2.5.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 2.5 (Apr 1, 2016)
- General: Major UI codebase update
- General: Fixed possible crash when authorizing plugin
- General: Added gain reduction meter support for StudioOne 3
- General: Installers show version info in Windows "Programs And Features"

Version 2.4.4 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Removing RTAS format support

Version 2.4.3 (Jul 18, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 2.4.2 (Jun 22, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 2.4.1 (May 27, 2015)
- Fixed wrong installation path for 32-bit Win VST plugin version

Version 2.4 (Apr 14, 2015)
- Fixed minor GUI bugs (341, 342)

Version 2.3 (Nov 18, 2013)
- Licenser update (V3): Fixes and new features
- Prevent wrong mouse wheel behavior in 32-bit hosts on 64-bit Windows (Windows bug) (87, 95, 156)
- Fixed keyboard events after text input in Pro Tools Windows (325)
- Fixed parameter value display in VST3 (330)
- Fixed toolbar triggering automation (335)
- Fixed window size issues (279, 327)
- Fixed possible preset issues in Pro Tools 11 (312)
- Fixed automation list (315)
- Fixed AAX Audiosuite latency compensation (311)

Version 2.2.1 (Jun 28, 2013)
- fixed installer for 32-bit Windows

Version 2.2 (Jun 21, 2013)
- added support for Pro Tools 11
- licenser update: fixes and new features
- fixed automation with VST3 offline processing

Version 2.1 (Apr 05, 2013)
- added ICON mapping
- otimized performance
- fixed issues with possible high CPU load
- fixed issue with too loud bounces in Wavelab
- fixed Avid related issue in Pro Tools 10 that could lead to sporadic crashes
- fixed issue that could lead to values jumping in Ableton Live

Version 2.0.4 (Feb 7, 2013)
- added support for high resolution displays (e.g. Apple Retina)
- licenser: improved Pro Tools activation

Version 2.0.3 (Jan 16, 2013)
- fixed threshold curve not retained bug

Version 2.0.2 (Oct 31, 2012)
- Fixed Hi-Band settings not retained bug

Version 2.0.1 (Oct 18, 2012)
- Fixed AU-Validation bug

- Fixed division by zero bug (VST3, RTAS)
- licenser: minor fixes
- licenser: fixed activation issue under Mac OS 10.5 / Pro Tools 8
- licenser: fixed potential crash in online activation under Mac OS
- licenser: fixed issues with USB stick activation
- licenser: fixed file handling with offline activation

Version 2.0 (Oct 16, 2012)
- Initial release with AAX DSP version