Dynamic Spectrum Mapper v3: a forward-looking dynamics processor

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Masterminded by Paul Frindle who had a hand in developing the legendary SSL E / G series consoles, the Dynamic Spectrum Mapper (DSM) plug-in has reached version 3. DSM has the ability to capture, modify and re-apply the spectral characteristics of different tracks. With this, it gives you options such as matching tracks’ EQ and […]

Instinct: a distortion and dynamics processor from the land of the weird

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If you are looking to squeeze out more drive, dynamics and tone out of your tracks, Inertia Sound Systems’ Instinct plug-in may be onto something. Instinct is a creative processor that stretches itself between saturation and dynamics processing in interesting ways. Its saturation engine is based on transistor and tube models which can be adjusted, […]

Complexer 2: three dynamics processors, six modes, one plug-in

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Developer Venomode has released Complexer 2, an affordable multi-stage dynamics processor plug-in. Its based on three independent dynamics processors, each incorporating six different modes. These are upward/downward compressors, upward/downward expanders, gate and limiter. Between the three stages and their different configurations, you can have series/parallel chaining, stereo and mid/side, and multi-band functionality. This plug-in has […]

Tube Amp, Cab Sim and Load Box in one: The Revv D20 lunchbox amp

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The modern guitarist wants an authentic tube sound they can easily output via XLR in conjunction with a cab sim. Throw in a load box and you get… The new D20 multi-role lunchbox amp from REVV! REVV D20 At a nice 4.1 kg, the new D20 compact head by REVV is its first tube amp based on the Dynamics model. It delivers 20 […]

Slam XL: Beatskillz’ all-in-one channel strip and mix fattener plug-in reaches v3

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Beatskillz has introduced Slam XL, the third generation of their Slam series. The channel strip plug-in picks up where Slam Pro left off and  contains an equalizer, saturator, compressor/limiter, and stereo expander. Like its predecessor, it is meant to be your one-stop shop for fattening individual tracks and mixes – but it’s also a whole […]

Maag and Brainworx team up for MAGNUM-K compressor & mastering processor

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Manufacturer Mäag Audio has teamed up with the gear modeling ninjas at Brainworx for a digital reincarnation of the former’s coveted MAGNUM-K channel strip. The original single-channel unit houses two compression circuits (Magnum Comp and K Comp), a bespoke parallel equalizer, and a soft limiting function. Luckily, Brainworx didn’t stop at replicating the hardware. It […]

McDSP 6060 Ultimate Module Collection – over 30 vintage and custom processors!

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Developer McDSP debuted its all-new 6060 Ultimate Module Collection of plug-ins. The modular system is said to contain McDSP’s largest collection of processors to date – over 30 modules for EQ, compression, saturation, distortion, dynamics processing and others. They feature updated compression algorithms, improved feedback and feedforward processing, and negative compression on some modules. Although […]

Softube Harmonics: five distortions in one with intelligent signal analysis

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Swedish tone masters Softube have a new product out – Harmonics. This time around, the capable Swedes are tackling distortion. Because they think your distortion sucks, Softube designed one with five “completely different”-sounding algorithms in addition to high and low-cut filters and a blend knob. We reckon you’re likely to find an algorithm which sounds […]

Couture is a transient shaper and saturator with a sleek GUI

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Developer Auburn Sounds has released Couture, a volume-independent dynamics editing and transient shaper plug-in with built-in saturation – all contained within a single window. The obvious benefit to the one-window concept is that you no longer have to switch windows to apply processing in separate steps, simplifying workflow. The user interface seems very intuitive, being […]

Zynaptiq dials up the Intensity with its new AI-based mastering plug-in

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There’s always a place for novel technologies in digital audio processing. Now take a look at what developer Zynaptiq is doing with Intensity, its latest mastering plug-in. It’s a refreshing new take on dynamics processing that uses techniques culled from facial recognition algorithms. The artificial intelligence does some highly specific signal analysis with the goal […]