Overview

The DSM V2 plugin was developed by Pro Audio DSP’s Paul Frindle, developer of some of the most respected and beloved products in recording, including the SSL E and G-series analog consoles and the SONY OXFORD OXF-3 digital console. Mr. Frindle is recognized as one of the most innovative designers in the recording industry.

This history of innovation and excellence has now been brought to the DAW world with this remarkable dynamics processing plugin. The DSM V2 uses FFT analysis to accurately capture both the frequency-domain and level characteristics of even the most complex audio material. This "captured" FFT data can then be dynamically controlled using familiar parameters like Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Decay and Gain. But unlike typical dynamic processors, these controls affect the FFT data, not the audio. Because the FFT data is decoded in real time, you can hear your processing results as you adjust parameters. By applying its highly advanced dynamic processing to the FFT data rather than directly to the audio, the DSM V2 offers far more bands (up to 18) than a conventional multiband compressor, while eliminating phase issues between bands, and while leaving the uncompressed signal completely unchanged. The result is unprecedented control and transparency over your source material.

This advanced technology enables the DSM V2 to work over a very wide dynamic range without the usual compression artifacts. Even large-scale percussive events, which often confound conventional compressors, are handled easily.

The DSM V2 is not only powerful; it’s also one of the most flexible dynamics processors you’ll ever use. For example, to use the DSM V2 as a de-esser, just capture a few seconds of your vocal track where there are no “esses”. The DSM V2 can then apply that captured frequency and dynamic information to the rest of the track, thereby reducing the “esses” to match the captured section. Fast, easy, seamless.

To even out the dynamics of a mixed track during a mastering session, simply capture a few seconds of the loudest part of the track and then apply those dynamics and frequencies to the rest of the material, making it instantly “louder” while maintaining the source’s original character.

The DSM also includes a single-button Limiter function. The Limiter has been optimized to work with the DSM’s compression stage. The Limiter slams the door on short-term peak events in the program to prevent overs with no loss of punch, while retaining complete transparency for signals below -1dBFS.

Truly professional results are achieved very quickly for dynamics processes, including:

Loudness enhancement
Compression
Vocal enhancement and character processing
De-essing

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Features

  • Controls both the spectral response and dynamic characteristics of audio material to bring new dimensions in audio production and artistic control.
  • Quickly captures, modifies, and re-applies sound character to its own source, or to any other program.
  • Sound character mapping between whole mixes, tracks, vocal parts, and instruments.
  • Continuity matching in mastering.
  • Threshold control changes the level of the Active Threshold curve in relation to captured spectrum.
  • Compression Ratio controls available for all frequency bands.
  • Independent manual gain make-up compensates for level reduction due to compression.
  • Attack and Decay controls modify the rate of gain reduction and recovery for all frequency bands.
  • Knee allows you to select the amount of dB below the selected threshold where the compression begins to ease in. The lower the compression kicks in, the softer the “knee”.
  • The Low Frequency Attack control progressively increases the attack time for lower frequency signals in relation to higher frequencies.
  • The 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

  • Simon Franglen
    Simon Franglen

    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

    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.

  • Steve Mac
    Steve Mac

    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.

Customer Reviews

  • ★☆☆☆☆
    Failure To Disclose Incompatibility
    by Montego
    This plugin (WHILE BEING THE MOST AMAZING DYNAMIC TOOL I'VE EVER UTILIZED) is incompatible with KONTAKT. I use Komplete Ultimate extensively and for the last 2 years have blamed samples… Read More
  • ★★☆☆☆
    FIX THE BUGS
    by Big Skies
    Amazing plug, unfortunately with major issues. I own 500+ plug ins but none acts quite like this one. Crashes often, loses saved information, has some minor design flaws, but the technology and uses… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    A real ear-opener :-)
    by Hermanzaum
    This is the best tool I've found to tame wild resonances in individual tracks/instruments without muffling the original sound with drastic eq notches. Great on everything I've put it on - not to… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    ProAudioDSP Dynamic Spectrum Mapper
    by KingSolomon
    The best kept secret.
  • ★★★★★
    DMS
    by lectrohowie
    Trying to say something to the point and not overly bombastic, so here you go: Dynamic Spectrum Mapper is instant Karma! No kidding. Give it a try and I believe you'll agree. It's become my most… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.12
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

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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