Overview

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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