We're currently living in the age of digital audio. Dynamic Processor is an incredibly powerful tool that is essential to any music producer.

But there are so many different Dynamic Processor plugins in the music production landscape, so we decided to create the ultimate list of the top Dynamic Processor plugins today that will help you find the perfect fit.


Pumper

Dynamic Processor by W.A. Production



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Pumper Is The Ultimate Sound Tool!

The Power of Pumper!

If you own 1 of the Pumper modules you can Upgrade to the full version of Pumper

Pumper is a superb all in one audio tool which provides you with killer options to send your productions above and beyond. You can use this amazing Plugin on individual channels or on the master bus, it is so versatile for any style of music!

Get a super high end studio sound with this simple and easy to use plug in, there are so many dimensions and applications in which to use this Plugin.

You can tame high frequencies, as well as control the low-end with the Pumper Compressor. Achieve an 'in your face' vocal/bass sound, or bring out some ambience and FX in your productions.

Compressor

Compressor Features:

  • Punchy Mode gives you that direct punch and clarity - this is great for kick drums or percussion
  • Fat will help to bring out the low-end of your sound and make it sound big!
  • Clean is more transparent and is perfect for adding subtle touches to your sound - great for softer vocals or acoustic instruments
  • Soft is wonderful to use on your master channel - it slightly compresses the sound which will tighten everything up and add clarity, without sounding over compressed and lifeless

Saturator

The Saturator is second to none in giving your tracks the added warmth and depth that they need. The Saturator also creates a killer edge that you need in our modern world of recording. Instant power and body for your sound!

Stereo Imager

The Stereo Image will make your tracks sounds wide and add a beautiful depth and width.

All in One

Using all 3 of the features at once is a powerful and amazing experience. So many features in one plugin, it’s all about the sound!

Pumper is also equipped with an Input and Output knob, so you can really control your levels and gain. The Input knob also works as distortion - this is very fun to play and blend between the Input and the Saturator, it gives you limitless options!

Pumper also gives you a numerical readout, so you can always visualise the amount of any effect you are using.

Try this amazing Plugin out on any channel and listen to the magic happen!




Features

  • Intuitive interface
  • Smooth compression algorithm
  • Gain reduction frequency shaping
  • Analog style rich and easy to use saturation
  • M/S based stereo expander – wide stereo image
  • Accurate and punchy Compressor with 4 variations

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Mac

  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)

Formats:

  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST
  • VST3

Windows

  • Windows 8 and later (32 & 64-bit) 

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3

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Pumper 3

Dynamic Processor by W.A. Production



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Harder. Better. Stronger.

W.A Production have done it again… after the release of “Pumper” they wanted to step up their game and give you even more control over the punch and power of your sounds. The sequel, Pumper 3, has been long in development as the W.A Production team toiled away to retain the stellar performance parameters of the original plugin whilst adding new features. The end result is a multi-effect powerhouse that achieves the level of immediacy, body and depth that W.A Production fans expect and their tracks deserve.

This is W.A Production's most requested update ever and builds on the Compressor, Saturator and Stereo Imager modules of the original whilst adding more controls to fine tune the processing.

Compressor

The compression module has 4 flexible modes:

  • Punchy Mode gives you that direct punch and clarity. This is great for kick drums or percussion.
  • Fat will help to bring out the bottom end of your audio and make it sound big.
  • Clean is more transparent and perfect for adding cohesion. Great for softer vocals or acoustic instruments.
  • Soft is wonderful to use on your master channel. Subtle compression makes everything sound tighter, increasing clarity without sucking the life out of your mix.

New compression parameters for Pumper 3 include adjustable wet / dry parallel compression and RMS shaping controls, ideal for perfecting your sound in the box, without resorting to complex channel audio routing. 

Saturator

Add warmth and depth with subtle saturation settings, or push the dial up high for pronounced distortion with a harder edge. 

The new Rise and Fall settings allow you to shape transients and smooth out the character of the saturation, both essential controls for fine-tuning the performance of any audio.

Stereo Imager

Bring your tracks to life with the Stereo Image control, adding beautifully clear width and depth. Unique to Pumper 3, the dedicated Low and High shelf modes, alongside frequency and resonance controls, allow you to focus the width processing to specific frequency ranges. Use these settings to emphasise the unique characteristics of a sound.

All in One

Using these 3 modules simultaneously within one plugin is quick, easy and inspiring.

Each module has a dedicated input control for balancing the effects and the real-time waveform window shows a visual representation of your audio, both before and after processing. Essential for accurate A/Bing to check the results of Pumper 3’s processing power.

50 factory presets are designed to get you up and running quickly, with tailored settings for drums, vocals, bass, keys, synths, acoustic instruments and mastering. These are all easily accessible from the plugin menu and of course, you can save you own settings as user presets too. 

Pumper 3 is a big leap above and beyond the first version. If you’ve used and enjoyed the original Pumper in the past, this is a perfect upgrade with expanded features and more nuanced controls. If you’re new to this kind of processing, then Pumper 3 is a great starting point, with interface controls as simple or complex as you want it to be. W.A Production have been using Pumper 3 to beef up their kicks, expand synth lines and widen guitars. It’s your one-stop-shop for creating tracks that will engage and excite your listeners. 

W.A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!




Features

  • 50 Creative Presets for drums, vocals, synth, bass, acoustic, keys and mastering
  • 4 Compression types with adjustable RMS
  • One-click parallel compression
  • Hard & soft clip saturation with transient and character controls
  • Stereo Imager with frequency focus
  • Per-module and master gain controls
  • Real-time waveform display
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial video
  • Resizable user interface

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  • Windows 8 or later (32 / 64-bit)
  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)

Please Note: Pro Tools 11 or higher is required in order to use the AAX version of this plugin.

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Outlaw

Dynamic Processor by W.A. Production



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All Gain. No Pain.

Whether you’re mixing live sound, smoothing vocals or balancing solo instruments, Outlaw is the gain-riding plugin you’ve been looking for. Outlaw listens to the incoming audio and compensates for volume changes, mimicking the mixing desk fader movement of a real-life audio engineer. Forget about drawing complex volume automation and let Outlaw do the hard work for you, with smooth gain levelling and a wealth of features.

Mix, Target, Gate & Gain

These 4 main dials give you flexible control over the fundamental parameters of Outlaw, meaning that it’s easy to make broad-stroke adjustments to the performance of the plugin. Adjust the intensity of the effect with the MIX dial and set the RMS target level with the TARGET dial. Use the GATE control to set a relative level so that the gain-rider ignores softer sounds. The master output is controlled by the GAIN dial, very useful for setting accurate levels for precise A/B signal comparison.

Advanced Settings

Fine-tune the gain algorithm with advanced settings, accessible from a secondary panel. Outlaw can perform in band-pass mode with high-pass and low-pass filters and 4 different slope settings. For example, this means you can perform effective gain-riding on audio with a low rumble, high-hat bleed or other problematic frequency information. 

The Attack and Release options let you mould the transients and sustains of the processed audio to create a smoother signal. The Direction parameter can be set to control the attack and release direction, operating upwards, downwards or in both directions. Maximum values can be set to adjust the intensity of the gain-riding. A variety of RMS options determine how quickly Outlaw reacts to the incoming signal another way to help smooth or sharpen the response.

Visual Feedback

See exactly what Outlaw is doing to the signal at a glance, with the large visual feedback display. This displays Peak and RMS volume for both left and right channels, and the amount of gain-riding in the centre.

Made for Everyone

Developed in the JUCE framework, this is our most stable plugin to date running happily in all plugin formats for Mac and PC with support for retina and high definition screens. For the first time, AAX / ProTools format is included so all producers using any system can enjoy this versatile plugin. Outlaw is the kind of toolbox plugin that you’ll reach for every time you need to create balanced dynamics with a “human touch”. Make it the first plugin on your channel for live guitars, vocals, bass and drums, or anything that needs the smooth touch of a sympathetic virtual engineer. W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio-quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!




Features

  • Mix: mixes is the gain riding.
  • Target: sets the RMS target of the gain-rider.
  • Gate: allows the user to set a gate-level that is relative to the TARGET level, to have the gain-rider ignore softer sounds.
  • HPF/LPF/Slope: Let you filter away the highs and lows in the detection signal with variable slopes so you can, for example, ignore the low rumble in a speech or vocal recording, or ignore the high attack and finger noises of a bass recording.
  • Attack/Release/Direction: Let you apply additional attack and release to the gain-riding so you can let through the signals peaks or smooth out the signals tails. With the DIRECTION control, you can set the direction of the ATTACK and RELEASE which is helpful depending on if the general gain produced is upwards, downwards or goes in two directions.
  • Max Up/Max Down/Instant/Zero/RMS: The MAX UP and MAX DOWN let you set the maximum gain that is applied up and down, which gives you more control over how extreme the gain-riding is allowed to be. Low values sound subtle. High values sound erratic. The RMS control lets you pick between slow, medium or fast RMS-detection, which determines how quickly the plugin reacts to the incoming signal. The INSTANT option is very fast and ZERO has 0ms RMS time.
  • Resizable user interface.

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  • VST Windows 8 or later (32 / 64-bit)
  • VST / AU macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)

Please Note: AAX format requires ProTools 11 or higher.

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Complexer 2

Dynamic Processor by Venomode



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Complexer 2 is a multi-stage dynamics processor, featuring three independently controlled dynamics processors, each with a choice of six different modes.




Features

  • Three Processors - Six Modes

  • Complexer 2 features three independently controlled dynamics processors, each with a choice of six different modes: Upward and downward compressors, upward and downward expanders, a limiter, and a gate.

  • Each of the three stages can be processed in a variety of different configurations, including parallel chaining, stereo and mid/side, and multiband.

  • Dynamics Chaining

  • Complexer 2 lets you run the three dynamic processers through a configurable chain. You can have all three in series, or run two in parallel with the third either before or after.

  • Full Control

  • Each of the processors feature a vast amount of control. Along with the familiar attack, hold and release, each processor has an advanced lookahead section to capture peaks ahead of time.

  • There are also three detection modes: peak, RMS and average. Peak is perfect for limiting, and RMS allows smooth detection - great for compression.

  • Each processor can also be controlled via an external sidechain.

  • With Complexer 2, you can run each of the processors in their own adjustable frequency band. Not limited to just compression, you can also do multi-band limiting, expanding, and gating, allowing effects ranging from mixing and mastering applications, to creative effects.

  • Mid/Side and Stereo

  • There are two seperate modes specifically for stereo dynamics processing - mid/side, and stereo.

  • In stereo mode, you can process the left and right channels independently, and in mid/side mode, you can apply different dynamics to the mid or side channels of the audio.


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Complexer 2 should work in any DAW that can run VST, AU or AAX plugins, on any dual-core system with at least 1GB of RAM.

Windows

  • Windows 7 / 8 / 10
  • 32 / 64-bit VST & AAX Compatible DAW

macOS

  • OSX 10.7+
  • 64-bit VST / AU / AAX Compatible DAW

Ubuntu

  • 18.04+
  • 64-bit VST Compatible DAW

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TDR Kotelnikov GE

Dynamic Processor by Tokyo Dawn Labs



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TDR Kotelnikov is a wideband dynamics processor combining high fidelity dynamic range control with deep musical flexibility. As a descendant of the venerable TDR Feedback Compressor product family, Kotelnikov has directly inherited several unique features such as a proven control scheme, individual release control for peak and RMS content, an intuitive user interface, and powerful, state of the art, high-precision algorithms.

With a sonic signature best described as “stealthy”, Kotelnikov has the ability to manipulate the dynamic range by dramatic amounts, while carefully preserving the original tone, timbre and punch of a musical signal. As such, it is perfectly suited to stereo bus compression as well as other critical applications.

The “Gentleman’s Edition” (GE) adds several improvements to the standard edition’s feature set - the most obvious being intuitive access to various equal loudness workflows, the ability to specify ratio in a frequency-dependent manner, as well as a powerful sidechain high-pass filter allowing continuously variable access over slope and frequency. The Yin/Yang functions allow manipulating the harmonic pattern produced during compression, and a new “insane” quality mode increases processing fidelity even further.

Kotelnikov does not try to emulate any previously available device. The concept is a proud digital processor, it is the original!

Kotelnikov GE Version 1.6.0 Changelog (12.01.20)

  • VST3 format added
  • MacOS  10.15 Catalina support
  • Fixed PT Eucon mapping
  • Fixed empty automation list in PT



Features

  • 64-bit multi-rate processing structure for highest accuracy
  • “Delta” oversampled signal path (bit transparent at 0dB gain reduction)
  • Super fast, yet natural sounding compression
  • “Crest factor” based control scheme offering independent release controls for peak and RMS events
  • Flexible sidechain highpass filter offering continuously variable control over slope and frequency
  • Advanced stereo linking options optimized for the stereo bus
  • Delta preview (the difference between compressed and original signal)
  • Latency compensated parallel bypass (i.e. processing not interrupted)
  • Extensive documentation
  • User interface rescaling (100%, 125%, 150%)
  • External sidechain input
  • Inertia timing mode
  • Continuously variable control over “low relax” slope
  • Left/Right sensitivity
  • Powerful frequency-dependent ratio function (FDR)
  • Gain reduction limit control
  • Yin/Yang modes (manipulates the compressor’s own distortion behaviour)
  • Equal loudness output gain trimming
  • Equal loudness bypass
  • Additional quality modes “Insane” and “Live” (low latency)
  • New “Advanced” stereo linking mode
  • 10 additional user preset slots

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Windows

  • Win XP SP2 or above
  • VST (32-bit / 64-bit)
  • AAX (64-bit only)

Mac

  • macOS 10.9 or above
  • VST, AU, AAX (64-bit only)

Important Note: The Mac version of this software is 64-bit only and will not function on 32-bit systems.

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Trackspacer

Dynamic Processor by Wavesfactory



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One of a Kind

Trackspacer is an award-nominated plugin that creates space in a mix by carving the frequencies that the main track needs into another track in real-time.

Trackspacer is no ordinary plugin, it is similar to a sidechain compressor plugin but much more powerful, transparent and precise.

Insert it in a track and see for yourself what Trackspacer can do for you.

Secret Mixing Weapon

The Trackspacer plugin features a 32 band EQ that reacts to the incoming sidechain signal. It analyses the spectrum of the sidechain and applies a reversed EQ curve to another track. As if by magic, Trackspacer creates space for the primary track by cutting the exact frequencies on other tracks.

No more fighting for space for the vocal in a mix, or any other instrument for that matter. If you have a solo that needs the room to breathe then Trackspacer makes the task easy.
Complicated automation moves on your mix are a thing of the past!

Simple to Use

Trackspacer features a big centred knob that lets you set the amount of reduction applied in a simple and straightforward way, but it also features a set of parameters that let’s you go deep into how the signal is processed.

  • Pan: lets you choose exactly where you want to apply the effect. In default stereo mode you can select the left channel, right channel or anything in between.
  • M/S: in Mid / Side mode you can apply the effect to the mid-channel, the sides or anything in between.
  • Attack/Release: set how Trackspacer reacts to the incoming signal, making it smoother or punchier like a regular compressor plugin.
  • Sidechain: lets you listen to the incoming sidechain for easy tweaking of the low-cut and high-cut filters.

Not a Multi-band Compressor

Compressors react to the amplitude/volume/level of the audio signal on the track. Based on how loud the source signal is, they apply more or less compression.

Multi-band compressors split the signal in different bands and apply different settings on each band, but the detection is still the same as regular ones.

Trackspacer splits the sidechain source signal into 32 bands and analyses them individually. Then, it reverses the result and applies a 32 band EQ to duck (or carve) those exact same frequencies, giving the source track the space it needs to occupy in the mix… and all in real time!

That’s why the Trackspacer plugin is much better, more transparent and easier to use than regular compressors. It’s all in the detection!



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Mac OSX:

  • 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Big Sur & M1 compatible
  • DAW capable of hosting VST or AU, or Pro Tools.
  • DAW with sidechain functionality.
  • Intel processor.

Windows:

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)
  • DAW capable of hosting VST plugins, or Pro Tools.
  • DAW with sidechain functionality.

Important Note: This software is 64-bit compatible only and will not function on 32-bit systems.

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RESO

Dynamic Processor by Mastering The Mix



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Dynamic Resonance Suppressor

RESO is a dynamic resonance suppressor that helps you quickly identify and resolve resonances in your audio.

When resonances build up to an excessive level, your music can sound harsh and unpleasant, often masking other elements that you actually want to hear. But, applying broad resonant reduction across your whole mix can take away the character of your audio, and if you apply too much reduction you’ll make the mix sound thin and reduce the punch of your transients. 

RESO helps you identify which specific frequencies have a build-up of energy relative to your whole mix. It also guides you on how much reduction is needed to dynamically resolve the resonance without overdoing it. The high-quality filters deliver mastering-grade transparency, with automatic Q optimization to give you the most musical results.

There simply isn’t a faster or more effective way to musically resolve resonant issues in your mix.

Cleaner Mixes in Less Time

Use RESO on any Channel

RESO can be used to resolve the resonances of any channel in your mix, whether it’s a vocal, a synth, percussion, busses, or your mastering chain.

Analyze Your Audio

Look for disproportionately high peaks in the visual display.

Use the Frequency Sweep to help you identify resonances that sound unpleasant.

The Calculate Targets feature will locate the most resonant frequencies and give you targets so you can resolve the resonances transparently.

Tweak To Perfection

Creating a node is as easy as clicking anywhere on the interface.

Position the node at the peak level at which you want the resonance suppression to start and scroll to adjust the Q.

Additional Features

  • Smart analysis that gives you fast results.
  • Mastering grade filters for cleaner sounding mixes.



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Mac

  • macOS 10.10 or higher (macOS 11 Big Sur + Apple M1 Silicon supported)
  • AU, VST2, VST3 or AAX host (64-bit only)

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • VST2, VST3 or AAX host (64-bit only)

Please note: AAX compatible with Pro Tools 11 and later only.

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Kratos 2 Maximizer

Dynamic Processor by Kuassa



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Loud and Clear

  • New version of Kuassa’s ooh-so-handy limiter / loudness maximizer plugin
  • Make your Mix and Master LOUD transparently without sacrificing punch and sound quality
  • Featuring the new Adaptive Mode, dithering section, up to 4x oversampling, LatencyCompensation, and redesigned graphics

The latest update of Kuassa’s ooh-so-handy limiter / loudness maximizer plugin: Kratos 2 Maximizer, featuring the new Adaptive Mode for Attack and Release parameters, dithering section, up to 4x oversampling, Latency Compensation toggle, and completely redesigned graphics. In addition, the new Kratos 2 Maximizer is now extending its reach to accommodate Propellerhead Reason as well as the Avid Pro Tools users with the support for AAX plug-ins.

The original Kratos Maximizer VST / AU plugin serves its sole purpose to simply make your mix music LOUD right at your fingertips. Now you can polish your final mix further into perfection while still preserving the familiar solid workflow of the Kuassa plugin to safely increase perceived loudness without sacrificing sound quality in music audio mastering in the most natural way possible: Crank the Maximize knob, tune the unique Texture knob to taste, tweak Attack and Release for a tighter or looser response, then adjust the Knee for harder / smoother limiting action.

Key Features:

  • Transparent, precision limiting / loudness maximizing
  • Unique Texture knob for smooth or harder character
  • Attack and Release parameter with the new adaptive option
  • Latency Compensation toggle, supported by most DAW
  • 3 dithering options with 3 modes of bit depth to accommodate a wide range of mastering needs
  • Up to 4x oversampling mode
  • Compact user interface, straightforward workflow
  • Support up to 96 kHz Sample Rate



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  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, or Later (64-bit only)
  • Mac OS 10.5 or later (64-bit only)
  • VST, VST3, Audio Units or AAX compatible Host Software
  • Now compatible with macOS Catalina & Big Sur

Please note that this product is a plugin, a VST/VST3/AU/AAX compatible host/sequencer is needed to run this software

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Smooth Operator

Dynamic Processor by Baby Audio



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Intelligent Signal Balancer

Introducing Clarity on Demand

Smooth Operator combines equalization, spectral compression and resonance suppression into a singular creative experience that’s instant and intuitive. Use it to perfect your tonal balance and add a touch of ‘hi-fi’.

BABY Audio's spectral detection algorithm adapts to your audio 44,100 times per second and automatically eliminates fatigued frequencies. This gives you full control to shape your signal and bring out more definition.




Features

  • Brings out clarity and smoothness across instruments, vocals and mix busses.
  • Allows for creative tone-shaping without artefacts or harsh resonances.
  • An intelligent algorithm that automatically detects and resolves fatigued frequencies.
  • Watch Smooth Operator in Action

  • 1 - Pull the middle circle down to increase the effect level. Smooth Operator automatically attacks the most dominant/fatigued frequencies first, even with a straight curve. You may not need to do more than this.

  • 2 - Move the 4 outer nodes to shape the tonal response. Preserve frequency areas by moving the nodes up, or remove frequency content by pulling them down. Use your mouse wheel or trackpad scroll to adjust the Q.

  • 3 - FOCUS controls how surgical Smooth Operator gets. At 100%, each frequency spike is processed independently. Lower focus values will give you a broader, more balanced, response.

  • 4 - Engage SOLO to audition different parts of the frequency spectrum separately during node hover-over.

  • 5 - Engage SIDE CHAIN mode to duck your signal with the frequency balance of another track in your mix. This feature could have been a plugin in its own right(!) It allows you to create a hyper-surgical side-chain effect where the exact frequency make-up of a lead track can be used for ducking a secondary track.

  • What is Spectral Processing?

  • The easiest way to understand Spectral Processing is to think of it as manipulating the building blocks that make up a digital signal – rather than the actual signal. BABY Audio's algorithm uses Fast Fourier Transform - or FFT - to break the incoming audio into tiny particles, which are analyzed and processed separately, before being put back together again. This all happens in real-time and allows for a much more surgical approach to resonance detection and rebalancing than what would be possible with traditional audio effects.

  • While most spectral tools focus on audio restoration, BABY Audio wanted Smooth Operator to be all about creative expression. The plugin is meant for shaping your tone. Use it to compress, EQ and ‘purify’ in one simple process – and know that Smooth Operator has your back when it comes to automatically eliminating artefacts.

  • Smooth Operator comes loaded with 63 presets created by friends of BABY Audio - including: 

  • Preston Reid (Ciara, Toni Braxton, Lil Uzi Vert)
  • David Nakaji (Post Malone, Aminé, Lil Eazzyy)
  • Rob Kleiner (David Guetta, Sia, Britney Spears, Giorgio Moroder)
  • Neenah (Winne, Mr. Probz, Nana Fofie, Joe Budden)
  • New in v1.0.1

  • The update introduces a new HIGH-RES algorithm mode, which gets rid of "spectral harmonics" when you push the plugin hard. The new algorithm also offers more depth and definition overall. 

  • You can switch between the new HIGH-RES and CLASSIC algorithm modes by clicking the "M" icon in the preset bar.

  • Display Options

  • Switch between three colour modes (Pink / Green / Blue)
  • Plugin window fully resizable

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macOS:

  • macOS 10.7 and up (including Catalina & Big Sur).
  • Plugin Formats: VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • DAW's Supported: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason + more.
  • Compatibility: 64-bit compatible only.

Windows:

  • Windows 7 and up.
  • Plugin formats: VST, VST3, AAX
  • DAWs supported: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason + more.
  • Compatibility: 64-bit and 32-bit compatible.

Please Note: An internet connection is required to authorise this software.

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ML4000 Mastering Limiter Native

Dynamic Processor by McDSP



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Please Note: This product is the Native version. You can purchase the HD version HERE.

The ML4000 is a high-resolution limiter and multi-band dynamics processor designed for music, mastering, post, and live sound.

The ML4000 is two plug-ins:

  • ML1 – mastering limiter
  • ML4 – multi-band Gate, Expander, and Compressor fed into the ML1 mastering limiter

The ML1 mastering limiter uses a flexible brick wall look-ahead design coupled with multiple stages of limiting for superior peak detection. The unique Knee and Mode controls allow the ML1 to handle any kind of material with a variety of responses ranging from transparent to aggressive.

The ML4 multi-band dynamics processor includes a 4-band Gate, Expander (upwards or downwards), and Compressor fed into the same limiter algorithm found in the ML1. Each band’s Gate, Expander, and Compressor can be configured separately or linked together. Steep 24 dB/Oct crossover filters minimize signal leakage into adjacent bands. Multiple real-time metering options in each band allow quick visualization of all signal dynamics.

The ML4 crossover page shows the overall frequency response in real-time of the input, output, or total dynamics effect, on top of the graphically adjustable crossover frequencies. Accurate output adjustment is fast and simple with output ceiling control, large meters, and meter level text readouts.

The ML4000 provides outstanding results with an intuitive user interface, flexible design, and powerful set of algorithms.




Features

  • Brick wall look-ahead limiter
  • Multi-stage peak detection and limiting
  • Unique limiter Knee and Mode controls
  • Multi-band Gate, Expander (up/down), Compressor
  • Simultaneous display of Gate, Expander, and Compressor dynamic curves in every band
  • Multiple real-time metering options
  • Adjustable crossover filters
  • Multi-band control linking
  • Analog Saturation modeling
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions

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Mac:

  • macOS 10.10 or higher (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur compatible)

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8 & 10 (64-bit only)

Native v6 Software Support:

  • AAX Native
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • Audio Suite
  • VST3

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 12.x or higher and also support Pro Tools 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.3.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic X or higher
  • VST version recommended for Cubase 9.x, and 10.x, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher
  • McDSP plug-ins require a v6 license (or Demo) on an iLok2, iLok3, or iLok Cloud to authorize the installers. Latest iLok drives are recommended. Cloud support requires v6.5 or higher

Compatible DAW's

McDSP HD and Native plug-ins are compatible with Pro Tools, Logic X, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, MOTU Digital Performer, Studio One, Sonar, and other DAWs that support AAX, AU, VST and/or VST3 plug-in formats.

Activation:

  •  Active internet connection required OR physical iLok USB Dongle required.

Important note: McDSP plug-ins require either a physical iLok2 or iLok3 USB Dongle or an iLok License Manager account and an iLok Cloud session for authorization.

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SKYE Dynamics

Dynamic Processor by Signum Audio



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Multi-Stage Dynamics Processor Plugin

Note: This product is the Stereo version. The Surround Sound version of SKYE Dynamics is also available.

Its name derived from the beautiful, naturally sculpted Scottish isle, SKYE Dynamics is a multi-stage, three-in-one dynamics processor comprising an Expander, Compressor and Limiter designed for music production. Signum Audio’s Dynamics DSP Algorithms are intended to provide clean and transparent processing with exceptionally low levels of distortion and saturation for a natural sound. With adaptive auto-Release and selection of 5 preset envelopes, SKYE Dynamics makes mixing and mastering simpler.

SKYE Dynamics includes a comprehensive array of features for creative uses. Each effect in the chain can be individually bypassed, gain staging can be done at any point in the chain, and each effect has its individual side chain. All of this can be automated. A channel linking system allows further tailoring of the input and output of the plugin.

SKYE Dynamics focuses on workflow optimization and is completely interactive. The plugin boasts a unique user interface that lets the user configure the whole effect chain intuitively from one view. The dynamic range of the metering and effects configuration can be freely scaled for precision work, while the plugin window can be freely resized and offers a streamlined compact view.

Clean and Transparent 

With algorithms specifically designed for transparency, SKYE Dynamics delivers exceptionally low levels of distortion and saturation. SKYE Dynamics also features an advanced adaptive auto release and a selection of 5 envelope presets for each processor, making it a standout tool for mixing and mastering music. 

Get Creative

SKYE Dynamics includes a comprehensive array of features for creative uses. Each effect in the chain can be individually bypassed, gain staging can be done at any point in the chain, and each effect has its individual side chain. All of this can be automated. A channel linking system allows further tailoring of the input and output of the plugin. SKYE Dynamics opens up completely new creative possibilities.

Streamlined and Intuitive

The plugin boasts a unique user interface that lets the user configure the whole effect chain intuitively from a single view. Metering and configuration automatically update and switch to the selected processor.

SKYE Dynamics focuses on workflow optimization and is completely interactive. The dynamic range of the metering and the graphical effects configuration can be zoomed and out to cater for different material. The plugin window can also be freely resized and offers a streamlined compact view.




Features

  • A plugin for multi-staged dynamics processing
  • Three dynamics effects - Exander, Compressor, Limiter
  • Ultra transparent processing
  • Linear, Natural, Transparent, Smooth and Pumping envelopes
  • Advanced adaptive auto-release
  • Individual Side Chains to each processor
  • Individual bypass for each processor
  • Channel Linking
  • Gain Stage at any point
  • Intuitive node based UI to configure effects chain
  • Dynamic range for metering and effects configuration can be freely scaled
  • Full and compact view for optimising screen space
  • Fully resizable/scalable plugin window

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PC

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • VST / VST3 / AAX 
  • 64-bit only
  • Available in 2 versions - Stereo or Surround (additional support up to Atmos 7.1.2 support)

Mac

  • Mac OSx 10.9 Lion or higher
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX 
  • 64-bit only
  • Available in 2 versions - Stereo or Surround (additional support up to Atmos 7.1.2 support)

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Bus FORCE

Dynamic Processor by Arturia



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Parallel Processing Powerhouse

Bus FORCE is a parallel processor effect designed with one aim: to make anything sound better. With built-in filter, EQ, compression, and saturation modules, and never-before-seen custom routing, this is your new go-to sonic enhancer.

Your Secret Sonic Weapon

Imagine a single effect that can be used on individual tracks, from snare to synth; on your bus channels for beautiful dynamics; on your stereo master for that instant polish, you’ve been looking for.

Imagine being able to incorporate the priceless outboard gear and advanced parallel mixing techniques favoured by industry professionals for decades, straight into your DAW.

From delicate tweaks to bold cranks, Bus FORCE is built to ignite the energy of your mix, with ultra-powerful parallel processing that’s a breeze to operate. Before you use any other plugin, use this one - whatever music you’re making.

Make Drums Smack

From perfectly-compressed snare impacts to trashy overhead saturation, using Bus FORCE on your drum bus will ensure that your rhythm section slams.

Make Vocals Sing

Bring out the harmonic richness, vowel depth, and emotional energy of a vocal performance with Bus FORCE’s multiple-module stereo workflow.

Make Guitars Pop

Whether it’s funk popping lines, crushing power chord stacks, or the resonant chime of a jumbo acoustic, Bus FORCE will bring it to life in a few clicks.

Make Synths Glow

Say no to background pads and lacklustre monosynth leads; run your synth tracks through Bus FORCE for perfect stereo fatness, richness, and colour.

Make Sidechains Pump

Get the components of your mix talking to each other and get those dynamics pulsing to your beat for impactful drops and anthemic choruses.

Make your Master Bus Shine

Give your whole project a subtle dose of shiny EQ and compression, or slam it with crispy stereo saturation - a one-stop-shop for the perfect final mix.

Parallel Processing Powerhouse

When used right, parallel processing can yield spectacular sonic results, unlocking a whole new level of detail and depth. The ability to separate your audio source into different branches, each with its own array of effects and adjustments, then mix them all back together again may sound complicated - but that’s where Bus FORCE comes in.

The Filter Module - A classic low pass & high pass resonant filter based on the much-loved SEM filter, an Oberheim classic. Give your vocal sibilance room to breathe or dampen the sharpness and attack of your low-end - an extremely useful quick-fix for any audio application.

The Compressor Module - A proprietary VCA compressor, inspired by contemporary units like the Overstayer® Modular Channel. Built for punchy & modern applications, including switchable sidechain source detection and the all-powerful FORCE control, for smooth to explosive compression techniques.

The Equalizer Module - Inspired by the legendary Pultec® EQ, known for broad ranges and musical curves. This detailed but immediate bell EQ module offers immediate and intuitive sound shaping, from delicate high-end accents to an uber-fat bass boost across the stereo field.

The Saturation Module - Beautifully crispy analog saturation, also inspired by modern studio manufacturers like Overstayer®, with 4 types of saturation on offer: Even, Odd, Thick, and Overdrive. Give your track some subtle warmth or crank the grain for that sought-after grungy character.

By uniquely combining several studio-grade modules and advanced signal routing in a single plugin, Bus FORCE makes parallel processing simple and accessible for everyone.

Choose Your Path

3 Signal Paths are Better than 1

To achieve true parallel processing, you need multiple signal paths, each one separately affected in different ways, then mixed back together again to suit your taste.

Bus FORCE gives you 3 paths to work with: Dry, Comp, and Sat. Each of these paths is uniquely configured to utilize a different combination of Bus FORCE’s modules.

It really comes into its own, however, when you start to customize it. By having individual control over every aspect of the routing and individual module configuration, you can weave a web of sonic enhancement that’s totally unique to you.

Smashed compression with some low-pass rumble? Soft analog saturation with a mid-boost sprinkling for that ‘70s sound? Bus FORCE is your bespoke mixing console and mastering suite rolled into one.

Path Blend - Choose how much of each path you want to include in the output signal - and for extra crunch and character, add a touch of limiter at the end of the chain with the sneaky Clipping module.

Path Customization - Change how the paths interact with each other by removing or rerouting modules as you see fit. Remove the Filter here, add the Compressor there, change where the Equalizer goes - there’s a total of 36 possible routing combinations to explore.

Module Bypass - If you prefer a more subtle approach, you can attenuate Bus FORCE’s sonic influence right from the start. Simply bypass each module as and when you need with their respective toggle switches.

The Past, Present, and Future of Production

Bus FORCE is a convergence of perfectly emulated circuitry inspired by vintage studio gear, proprietary features, and cutting-edge appointments - designed to offer the best of both worlds.

We wanted a filter that was timeless and unique in its sound while being versatile enough to suit modern production. The answer? It had to be our emulation of Tom Oberheim’s groundbreaking SEM filter - the very same design that you’ll find in our Filter SEM and SEM V software titles.

When it comes to reliable EQ, there are a few household names - for producers at least - that you can always turn to. One such name is Pultec®, responsible for one of the most musical equalizers of all time. With its unique Gerzon shelves and venerable tube character, it was the perfect inspiration for Bus FORCE’s Equalizer module.

The idea of combining multiple modules into one unit came from today’s go-to outboard heroes. Manufacturers like Overstayer® are known for their multifaceted units that offer the analog brilliance of old-school gear combined with the practicality of a sonic Swiss Army Knife. Who wouldn’t want that available in their DAW?

A Plugin You Can Count On

Bus FORCE is designed to make mixing, mastering, and creative sound design accessible and enjoyable for everyone - no technical knowledge required.

  • In-App Tutorials - Every plugin in FX Collection comes with built-in tutorials, guiding you step-by-step through the crucial parameters, adjustments, and mixing hacks to get the most out of your sound. The tutorial panel also explains the controls you’re using in real-time - so you’ll never miss a tweak.
  • ASC - Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.
  • DAW Ready - However you use these plugins; for the amazing tone of their reverb, for the gritty preamps, or for their incredible sound design abilities, you'll be safe in the knowledge that they are fully compatible with your setup. These plugins work with all major DAWs, and on both Windows and macOS.
  • Preset Browser - FX Collection’s streamlined preset browser lets you filter, organize, and save your favourite presets for instant recall. Search by instrument type, genre, production technique, and much more - so you can quickly find the tweak you need and save valuable creative time!
  • Resizable GUI - Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic effects emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia plugins can be resized to a scale that suits you.
  • Real-Time Control - Every parameter in every FX Collection plugin can be mapped to your favourite MIDI controller for an instant, hands-on control of your mix. Sweep a filter, crank a preamp, or warp your modulation on the fly.



Features

  • Unique stereo multi-FX dedicated to parallel processing
  • 5 processing modules: EQ, Filter, Compressor, Saturation, Clipping
  • 3 audio paths and mixer with independent volume controls
  • 36+ routing configurations
  • Pultec-style® EQ
  • Dual filters inspired by SEM® synth
  • VCA-style comp with dual RMS and peak detection circuit and negative ratio
  • External sidechain option
  • 4 flavours of analog saturation
  • Analog clipping stage
  • A comprehensive set of metering and displays
  • Resizable window
  • Integrated tutorials
  • A broad selection of presets for mixing and mastering

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Mac

  • macOS 10.13 or later (64-bit only) (M1 Mac not yet officially supported)
  • 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher), Audio Unit, NKS

Windows

  • Win 8.1+ (64-bit only)
  • 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3 and AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher), NKS

Protection

All Arturia software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

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Panther Stereo Manipulation

Dynamic Processor by Boz Digital Labs



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Panther gives you independent control over Left and Right channels of any stereo track. You get controls for EQ, Gain, Pan and Delay. It also features Mid/Side mode for extra control over your stereo tracks.

Panther is designed to solve the most common issues you face when mixing stereo tracked instruments. It has everything you need to prevent (or create!) volume, phase and tonal differences between the left and right channels of your track. With Panther, you get independent EQ, Gain, Pan and Delay control over each channel.

Panther also provides a Mid/Side option to give you complete control over the stereo field of your tracks.



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  • Windows XP or Greater
  • Mac OSX 10.5 or Greater

Available Formats

  • Windows (32/64): VST2, RTAS, AAX Native
  • Mac (32/64): AU, VST2, RTAS, AAX Native

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Big Beautiful Door

Dynamic Processor by Boz Digital Labs



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Big Beautiful Door is like no other dynamics processor. It takes a completely fresh approach to EQ and dynamics, and packages it in a way that just makes sense.




Features

  • Separate EQ for loud and quiet sounds
  • Advanced Sidechaining
  • Intuitive Interface
  • The Beast is Born

  • Big Beautiful door is what you get when an EQ and a Gate make a baby together. Then, right when the baby comes out, you inject it with a few doses of steroids. Seriously, this thing is so powerful and is really easy to use. This is not a one trick pony. This does everything from ducking your bass when your kick hits, to acting as the world's most powerful vocal EQ. Big Beautiful Door opens up a whole new world of creativity and streamlines your workflow like no other dynamics plugin.

  • Big Beautiful Door gives you separate eq over your loud and your quiet parts of your track. This lets you EQ your quiet  sounds separately from your loud sounds. A paragraph of text won't come close to describing how powerful this option is, so watch some of the demo videos to see what opportunities this opens up.

  • Advanced Sidechaining

  • Advanced sidechaining gives you complete control over how Big Beautiful Door reacts to your input. Do you need to eq out the low end of your bass when your kick drum hits? This is how you do it. Or maybe you need to eq out the midrange of your back track whenever your vocals come it. Big Beautiful Door makes this easy to do without automation.

  • Dial in your sidechain with accuracy with dual mode sidechain filters.
  • Choose between internal and external sidechain.
  • Envelope Control

  • Familiar envelope controls let you determine how quickly Big Beautiful Door will morph from one EQ setting to the other. Whether you need quick gating or smooth transitions, you can set it up easily.


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  • Win (32 and 64 bit): VST, VST3, RTAS, AAX Native
  • Mac (32 and 64 bit): VST, VST3, RTAS, AU, AAX Native

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ML4000 Mastering Limiter HD

Dynamic Processor by McDSP



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Note: This product is the HD version. You can purchase the Native version HERE.

The ML4000 is a high-resolution limiter and multi-band dynamics processor designed for music, mastering, post, and live sound.

The ML4000 is two plug-ins:

  • ML1 – mastering limiter
  • ML4 – multi-band Gate, Expander, and Compressor fed into the ML1 mastering limiter

The ML1 mastering limiter uses a flexible brick wall look-ahead design coupled with multiple stages of limiting for superior peak detection. The unique Knee and Mode controls allow the ML1 to handle any kind of material with a variety of responses ranging from transparent to aggressive.

The ML4 multi-band dynamics processor includes a 4-band Gate, Expander (upwards or downwards), and Compressor fed into the same limiter algorithm found in the ML1. Each band’s Gate, Expander, and Compressor can be configured separately or linked together. Steep 24 dB/Oct crossover filters minimize signal leakage into adjacent bands. Multiple real-time metering options in each band allow quick visualization of all signal dynamics.

The ML4 crossover page shows the overall frequency response in real-time of the input, output, or total dynamics effect, on top of the graphically adjustable crossover frequencies. Accurate output adjustment is fast and simple with output ceiling control, large meters, and meter level text readouts.

The ML4000 provides outstanding results with an intuitive user interface, flexible design, and powerful set of algorithms.




Features

  • Brick wall look-ahead limiter
  • Multi-stage peak detection and limiting
  • Unique limiter Knee and Mode controls
  • Multi-band Gate, Expander (up/down), Compressor
  • Simultaneous display of Gate, Expander, and Compressor dynamic curves in every band
  • Multiple real-time metering options
  • Adjustable crossover filters
  • Multi-band control linking
  • Analog Saturation modeling
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions

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Mac:

  • macOS 10.10 or higher (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur compatible)

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8 & 10 (64-bit only)

HD v6 Software Supports

  • AAX DSP & AAX Native
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • Audio Suite
  • VST3

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 12.x or higher and also support Pro Tools 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.3.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic X or higher
  • VST version recommended for Cubase 9.x, and 10.x, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher
  • McDSP plug-ins require a v6 license (or Demo) on an iLok2, iLok3, or iLok Cloud to authorize the installers. Latest iLok drives are recommended. Cloud support requires v6.5 or higher

Compatible DAW's

McDSP HD and Native plug-ins are compatible with Pro Tools, Logic X, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, MOTU Digital Performer, Studio One, Sonar, and other DAWs that support AAX, AU, VST and/or VST3 plug-in formats.

Activation:

  •  Active internet connection required OR physical iLok USB Dongle required.

Important note: McDSP plug-ins require either a physical iLok2 or iLok3 USB Dongle or an iLok License Manager account and an iLok Cloud session for authorization.

This is an HD/HDX plug-in that is intended for use with the DSPs of an Avid HDX system to prevent the software from taxing your host processor. There is no difference in sound quality between the Standard and HD/HDX versions. If you do not own an Avid HDX system, all you need is the Native version.

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Weiss Gambit Series For Console 1

Dynamic Processor by Softube



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Important Note: This product requires Softube Console 1.

The Crystal-Clear Sound of Weiss for Console 1

Overview

  • A tidy channel strip based on 1:1 code ports of the original Weiss DS1-MK3 and EQ1 units​.
  • Created in partnership with—and officially licensed by—Weiss Engineering​.
  • With special features such as below-threshold compression​.

It’s here. One of the most highly requested components for Console 1 makes its debut. Introducing the Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1. A painstaking extraction of the top features from two of the most admired digital processors, Weiss DS1-MK3 and Weiss EQ1—plus characteristic extras—the result is the clean, sharp channel strip engineers everywhere have been waiting for.

Joining a storied slew of offerings in the successful partnership of Softube and Weiss Engineering, Weiss Gambit Series gives you the algorithms of the originals. But it also sports exclusive, high-end features such as below-threshold compression. Weiss Gambit Series channel strip for Console 1: created for mastering, now tailor-made for mixing.

Alliance to Inspire

Another refreshingly new product brought to you in partnership with Weiss Engineering.

A Meticulous Melding

A strict, 1:1 code port combining the best of Weiss DS1-MK3 and Weiss EQ1 into a singular channel strip.

New Sensations

The Weiss Gambit Series channel strip gives Console 1 users an entirely new way to play. Combined with other channel strips in the Console 1 ecosystem, Gambit Series gives sonically rich returns on investment. Deploy the SSL 4000 strip on the close mics of a drum kit and the Zener-Bender strip on the overheads and room mics. Drop the Weiss Gambit Series strip on the drum bus, utilizing some of that unique below-threshold compression to expose the details and tones between the hits. Then sit back and savour the sound.

The apex of mastering units since its launch in the 1990s, Weiss DS1-MK3 is an indispensable tool in studios around the world. Unrivalled versatility and incomparable sound quality have made it an essential ingredient in nearly every major record of the past two decades. While Weiss’ updates and improvements to DS1-MK3 have made it practically perfect, Softube + Weiss’s fully digital compressor/limiter/de-esser performs tasks that an analogue unit couldn’t even dream of.

Fringe Benefits

Softube’s exclusive partnership with Weiss Engineering comes with some pretty sweet perks. In creating the Gambit Series, Softube had the opportunity to work in collaboration with Daniel Weiss himself. Together they created features for the channel strip that make it a powerful mixing tool that can also be used for mastering. Features such as high/low pass filters, gate, expander, below-threshold compression, surgical equalizing, compressor, and limiter.

This Way Up

The most blow-your-mind component of the Gambit Series channel strip has to be below-threshold compression. As with any traditional compressor, above threshold refers to the dynamics processing for audio exceeding the set threshold. The below threshold, therefore, concerns the effect on the audio below the set threshold, as with a common gate or expander. So it follows that normal compression and expansion are called “above-threshold compression” and “below-threshold expansion." Gambit Series for Console 1 isn’t your everyday channel strip, though. It offers below-threshold compression and all the other gate, expander compression, and limiter features. Whoa, right?

Softube & Weiss: Meeting of the Minds

Weiss has been a pioneer in digital audio equipment design since 1979. That’s when Weiss founder, Daniel Weiss, joined Willi Studer AG in Switzerland as an engineer. In 1985, Weiss struck out on his own and founded Weiss Engineering with a focus on pioneering digital audio equipment for Mastering Studios. The result of that endeavour is now legend.

Softube’s relationship with Weiss started in 2008 when they were first introduced to Daniel Weiss. Despite having so many guiding principles in common, it wasn’t until 2015 that Softube got serious about working together. Three years—and some blood, sweat, and tears—later, the Softube + Weiss DS1-MK3 plug-in was unveiled to great fanfare. And the tradition continues.

The Anatomy of the Weiss Gambit Series For Console 1 Channel Strip

Input Section

Low noise and super smooth, the input section features the 12 dB low-cut and 6 dB high-cut filters from the EQ1. Just like the original EQ1, every parameter is discrete, but with hundreds of steps that make it easy to dial in exact settings.

Shape Section

The Shape section of the Weiss Gambit Series works below the threshold. You can do normal expanding/gating, but it's also possible to do below-threshold compression. With below-threshold compression, you can enhance the soft sounds without affecting the loud sounds to, for example, bring out the tail of a reverb or the room sound of a drum bus, or get more legato in an electric bass without affecting the punch of it.

Equalizer Section

The EQ consists of the Weiss EQ1 in Low Latency mode without any dynamics. All four bands have a full range of frequency and the same cut/boost range as the original: -39 dB to +18 dB. The low and high bands have a fixed Q-range but selectable Cut, Peaking, and Shelving (Cut, Bell, and Shelf on Console 1). The two mid bands work exactly like the EQ1 bands in Peaking mode with the same extreme Q-Range of 0.2 – 650 as the original unit.

Compressor Section

The Compressor is the same as the Weiss DS1 with a limited feature set, just like the Weiss Compressor/Limiter plug-in. The ratio goes from 1:1 to 1000:1 and has an attack time as short as 0.02 ms.

Drive & Character Section

How do you make a Drive for a super-clean unit? Well, it's not a drive so much as the Limiter from the DS1 and Weiss MM-1. Use the Drive knob to increase the gain into the Limiter thereby limiting all signals above 0 dB. The Character lets you select between the three limiter types: original DS1, enhanced Type 1, and enhanced Type 2.




Features

  • A tailor-made for mixing channel strip for Console 1.
  • Improved functionality and features for the Console 1 workflow.
  • A neat and clean channel strip based on 1:1 code ports of the Weiss DS1-MK3 and EQ1.
  • High and Low-Cut filters from the Weiss EQ1.
  • Gate, Expander and Below Threshold Compression in Shape section.
  • 4 Band EQ from the Weiss EQ1.
  • Compressor from the Weiss DS1-MK3.
  • Limiter from the Weiss DS1-MK3 with added modes from the Weiss MM-1.
  • Thoroughly unique below-threshold compression.
  • Created in partnership with—and officially licensed by—Weiss Engineering.

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  • Mac OS X 10.13 or newer (older OS versions will not work) (64-bit only).
  • Windows 10 64-bit (older Windows versions may work but are not tested) (64-bit only).
  • Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon - M1 support pending.
  • Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and Softube's own rigorous testing standards - Softube only officially test their plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met.

Important Notes

  • This product requires Softube Console 1.
  • Make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​

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Autoformer

Dynamic Processor by United Plugins



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Some performances are almost perfect. Almost. The desired perfection can be achieved by using Autoformer, a tool that can act almost inaudibly as well as it can add great colour to your tracks. Autoformer combines an analogue like preamp with an automatic volume function and a gentle compressor. It is the right tool for your vocals or voice-overs, whilst also improving the performances of drummers and bass players.

Vocals, Bass & Double Bass

Autoformer is an ideal companion for mixing both bass guitar and double bass performances. It is indispensable when creating vocal or voice-over tracks, but it can be also used to balance drum recordings.

The Preamp

Inspired by the Front DAW plugin, BR/US/GE buttons in the preamp section represent three types of analogue circuits. BR represents classic fat British consoles, US is for legendary punchy American style input, and switching to GE will give you the velvet sound of a colourful vintage German tube console.

Intelligent Volume Rider

Balancer section is here to repair performance mistakes and volume dropouts. Its (inaudible) performance will make you feel like they were never there. The SEER parameter detects the ahead signal to decide if your material needs volume adjustment (made by LEVELLER).

Finish

Engage the fast modern compressor to soothe the dynamics of your track without changing your signal's spectral character. No colour, just fix.

Bypass Any Section

Thanks to the individual bypass switches in each section, if desired, you may use any part as a single effect. Use the automatic volume function only or just the pre-amp in combination with the compressor. Do exactly what you feel is needed.

Under Control

Five LED meters give you a perfect overview of what is going on in Autoformer's signal chain. Every stage can be monitored so your tracks are perfectly under control.

Hassle-Free Software Protection

No iLok, no dongle or internet access is required for activation. This software uses licence files to activate your software. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Realistic 3D Yet Flexible GUI

The photorealistic graphic user interface of the plugin gives you the feeling you are touching the real hardware. You can always drag the arrow in the bottom right corner to change its size - make it smaller to save the valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

15-Days Unlimited Trial Version for Free

All the descriptions are nothing compared to putting hands on the plugin yourself. No saving limits. No noises. No boundaries. Engage the plugin in your project and fully exploit its powers for two weeks.

64-bit Audio Quality at ANY Sampling Rate

The plugin provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses internal 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. 192 kHz or even higher.

Smart Bypass

The intelligent way this plugin manages bypassing ensures that you don't get any clicks or harmful noises when automating the parameter.



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Mac

  • macOS 10.10 and later (M1 Silicon Mac and macOS 11 Big Sur supported)
  • 64bit only
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3, AAX or AU compatible host

Windows

  • Windows 8 - 10
  • 32bit or 64bit
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3 or AAX compatible host

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MSpectralDynamicsLE

Dynamic Processor by MeldaProduction



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MSpectralDynamicsLE is the smaller brother of the mighty MSpectralDynamics, a true revolution in audio processing, which can flatten the spectrum, prevent collisions between tracks, remove noise, and open up myriad new creative possibilities. MSpectralDynamicsLE is the same, but it doesn't let you access the edit screen.

Unique Spectral Processing

MSpectralDynamicsLE is essentially a dynamics processor which works in the spectral domain allowing you to tweak individual frequencies. The compressor can make loud frequencies quieter for example - but that's just a beginning.

8 Plugins in One

MSpectralDynamicsLE can be a compressor, expander, gate… Eighth base modes offer a complete dynamic suite. With MSpectralDynamicsLE you can expect nothing less than pristine audio quality!

De-Esser/Gate

Common functions like de-esser or gate have been taken to another level. MSpectralDynamicsLE does the same job as other plugins but with surgical precision. It removes only the truly unwanted signal leaving the rest of the audio material untouched.

Side-Chain Wonders

Two ducking modes can help you to avoid collisions between instruments which occupy the same space in the spectrum. This is a common mixing problem. Using one of the side-chain modes helps you to remove this problem automatically.




Features

  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)

  • Most plugins change loudness of the output audio, which makes browsing presets inconvenient, not mentioning randomization. MSpectralDynamicsLE includes automatic gain compensation, which quickly adapts to current settings and ensures the output sounds as loud as the input. This even protects you from thinking that something sounds better in cases it is just louder.

  • Safety Limiter

  • Some plugins can intensely increase gain when exposed to specific audio materials. MSpectralDynamicsLE provides a safety brickwall limiter, which ensures the output stays below 0dB and prevents your equipment and your ears from potential danger automatically.

  • Extremely fast, optimized for newest AVX2 and AVX512 capable processors

  • Computers are now extremely fast, but the algorithms are more complex and projects bigger, so producers still need to use the processing power with care. MSpectralDynamicsLE uses the fastest algorithms, takes advantage of the newest processor capabilities, lets your GPU handle the graphics, and shares the resources with other MeldaProduction plugins. The plugin is among the fastest on the market, yet it provides the best possible audio quality.

  • Compare Multiple Settings

  • A/B comparison is a widely used method to objectively hear the changes you are making to your audio and help you to make better decisions, non destructively.

  • A to H Switching: Melda has taken this to the next level. Have up to 8 instances of the plugin, copy/paste the A to H slots and freely switch between them.

  • A to D Morphing: You can also morph between the first 4 slots with an X-Y pad. Not sure which preset to choose? You could load 4 and find the perfect blend of all of them. Not sure if A or B sounds better? You might prefer an interpolated state somewhere between the two.

  • Custom Processing Shape

  • With MSpectralDynamicsLE you can actually draw your own processing shape using MeldaProduction envelope system (MES) technology. It lets you easily create any dynamic processing shape you like. And it is extremely fast even for complicated shapes.

  • Unique Generalized Dynamic Detector

  • The dynamic detector using in MSpectralDynamicsLE has no match on the market. It features manual and 5 automatic release modes with adjustable limits and speed, true RMS and true peak hold features, look-ahead and more.

  • It also provides completely unique features, such as adjustable attack & release shapes, providing unique analog gear simulation capabilities, spectral smoothing to minimize distortion levels below imaginable level, psychoacoustic prefiltering, which lets you compress the signal based on human hearing simulation instead of scientific levels. There is no audio material in the world the plugin cannot adjust to.

  • Parallel Compression Using Dry/Wet Control

  • Parallel compression has never been easier. And not just compression for that matter. Engineers used to simulate this concept using complicated routing. With MSpectralDynamicsLE you can just use the dry/wet control. It is really that simple.

  • Unique Temporary Gain Feature

  • Temporary gain provides an excellent way to control the amount of compression while keeping the output level stable. Based on tricks well known by top producers MSpectralDynamicsLE makes the workflow quicker than ever before.

  • Advanced GUI

  • User interfaces need to be fast, simple to use and be easy on the eye. Everyone's needs can be different, so flexibility is important. Melda solves this with the most advanced GUI engine on the market.

  • Stylable: From vintage hardware to super futuristic. You can choose the colours and style of the GUI, making Melda plugins personal to you.

  • Resizable: All Melda plugins are freely resizable. Many also feature popup windows. So no matter how many screens you have or what size they are, you will be able to arrange your plugins to keep a focus on what is important.

  • GPU Accelerated: All the elements in the GUI are accelerated by your GPU. This makes the graphics lightning-fast and frees up extra power for your CPU to focus on the audio.

  • Stunning Quality: Melda plugins support HDPI and Retina displays, so you will experience beautiful crisp resolutions. With adjustable frames per second up to 100, you will not miss a thing in these detailed analyzers.

  • No Dongle or Internet Access is Required for Activation

  • How many times did you forget your USB dongle? This software uses licence files to activate your software. And the licences are to-person, so you can use it on all your computers as long as you are the user.

  • MIDI Controllers with MIDI learn

  • MSpectralDynamicsLE contains a powerful MIDI processor, which listen to MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboard and control any parameters realtime.

  • Multiparameters

  • MSpectralDynamicsLE lets you control multiple parameters using a single so-called multiparameter. This may not only come handy for automation for example, but the multiparameters are very smart units and you can use them to smartly morph between banks of settings for example. All in the name of creativity!

  • Global preset management and Online Preset Exchange

  • MSpectralDynamicsLE presets are carefully stored in a system database and you can quickly access them from any project in any host. The plugin can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from Melda's servers. Melda are building a community and you can be a part of it!

  • Smart Randomization

  • Melda's state of the art randomization system gives you complete control. You can randomize parameters in 3 ways:

  • Complete full randomization of everything.
  • Subtle small random changes to your current state.
  • Smart randomization.
  • Melda's smart randomization engine learns, using information based on existing presets to offer better values that will result in more successful changes. You can even lock certain parameters that you wish to be excluded from the randomization. This level of control can really help you out when you have a creative block and offer up fresh and inspiring ideas you may have never thought of.

  • M/S, single-channel & up to 8 Channel Surround Processing

  • MSpectralDynamicsLE can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also mid/side encoding for stereo field processing, separate left & right channels, separate mid or side signal and up to 8 channels of surround audio. It is perfect for audio production for music, movies, games...

  • Unique Visualisation Engine with Classic Meters and Time Graphs

  • Your ears should always be the main tool, but they are not the only way to judge your audio. Visual aids can be incredibly useful for a variety of reasons. Melda's comprehensive metering system is extremely flexible and delivers you accurate information when you need it. From classic meters to time-based graphs, you will see important visual feedback including; Input, Output, Stereo width, Loudness, Waveforms, Bands, Gain reduction and Sidechain, and some plugin dependent meters.

  • 64-bit processing and an Unlimited Sampling Rate

  • MSpectralDynamicsLE provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. It does not make much sense to go over 192kHz, but if you think it is a good idea, the plugin can do that.


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Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can't work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and newer (64-bit only)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (64-bit only)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support or Apple Silicon processor

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.

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Presswerk

Dynamic Processor by u-he



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Description


Presswerk is designed to be a powerful dynamics processor rich with a musical soul. An easy-to-use interface and a rich feature set give you hands-on control over all the details of your sound. Presswerk is more than a copycat of other hardware compressors, it blends the warmth of classic hardware models with many modern touches.

Presswerk has all the features you expect in a Compressor:

  • Sidechain ready. Create more space in your mixes with ducking or get creative with keying/pumping effects. 
  • Adjustable compression curve and envelopeFind the best settings to get the most out of your audio with the soft knee, compression ratio, attack and release and other settings.
  • Loud. Yes, Presswerk is more than capable of making your tracks louder. We didn’t use the German word for pressing plant for no reason.
  • Soft clip. Roll-off those harsh peaks and avoid distortion when your output levels get too high.

Plus, we have added some options to enhance Presswerk’s capabilities:

  • M/S mode. More detailed stereo signal processing
  • DPR (Dual Phase Rotation) mode. This is an emulation of classic outboard gear phase response. Use this to smooth out some of the harshnesses of digital recordings to create a more analogue style softer / rounder sound.
  • Saturation. This is where Presswerk shines - adding colour and character to your audio. Saturation can give subtle warmth and tame some of the transients, or turn it up to create tape overdrive like effects.
  • Internal parallel compression. The Mix controls let you blend the compressed uncompressed signal together. This is helpful in creating a more natural sounding result.
  • Variable detection topologies.

With Presswerk you can select from three different detection modes: FF (Feed-forward), FB (Feed-back) and INT (Interactive). Each one is a different style of Compression:

  • Feed-forward is a modern style and tends to be precise, almost surgical in the input tracking.
  • Feedback is more musical and loose sounding and is common to classic hardware.
  • Interactive is a mix of FF and FB modes. The signal is continuously analyzed and Presswerk blends the two modes according to the type of signal.

Compression has become an essential part of the studio - whether you are gently applying it to glue various parts together, or add some colouration and tone or adding loudness in the final mixdown of a track. Presswerk was created to fit into any workflow, no matter what task you throw at it - and do so with the style, attention to detail and sound quality you expect from u-he.



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Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 or newer (Intel and M1 Mac Supported) (64-bit only)
  • AU2, VST2, VST3

Windows

  • Windows 7 or newer (32 / 64-bit)
  • VST2, VST3

Minimum Requirements

  • Host software / DAW
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU required
  • Intel Nehalem or newer, AMD Bulldozer or newer (for Windows / Linux)
  • Intel Nehalem or newer, Apple M1 (for Mac)
  • Linux - glibc version 2.28 or newer

Plugin Formats:

  • Presswerk is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Presswerk is compatible with nearly all DAWs.
  • Presswerk is Native Instruments NKS-ready and compatible with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware.

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SKYE Dynamics (Surround)

Dynamic Processor by Signum Audio



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Multi-Stage Dynamics Processor Plugin

Note: This product is the Surround version. The Stereo version of SKYE Dynamics is also available.

Its name derived from the beautiful, naturally sculpted Scottish isle, SKYE Dynamics is a multi-stage, three-in-one dynamics processor comprising an Expander, Compressor and Limiter designed for music production. Signum Audio’s Dynamics DSP Algorithms are intended to provide clean and transparent processing with exceptionally low levels of distortion and saturation for a natural sound. With adaptive auto-Release and selection of 5 preset envelopes, SKYE Dynamics makes mixing and mastering simpler.

SKYE Dynamics includes a comprehensive array of features for creative uses. Each effect in the chain can be individually bypassed, gain staging can be done at any point in the chain, and each effect has its individual side chain. All of this can be automated. A channel linking system allows further tailoring of the input and output of the plugin.

SKYE Dynamics focuses on workflow optimization and is completely interactive. The plugin boasts a unique user interface that lets the user configure the whole effect chain intuitively from one view. The dynamic range of the metering and effects configuration can be freely scaled for precision work, while the plugin window can be freely resized and offers a streamlined compact view.

Clean and Transparent 

With algorithms specifically designed for transparency, SKYE Dynamics delivers exceptionally low levels of distortion and saturation. SKYE Dynamics also features an advanced adaptive auto release and a selection of 5 envelope presets for each processor, making it a standout tool for mixing and mastering music. 

Get Creative

SKYE Dynamics includes a comprehensive array of features for creative uses. Each effect in the chain can be individually bypassed, gain staging can be done at any point in the chain, and each effect has its individual side chain. All of this can be automated. A channel linking system allows further tailoring of the input and output of the plugin. SKYE Dynamics opens up completely new creative possibilities.

Streamlined and Intuitive

The plugin boasts a unique user interface that lets the user configure the whole effect chain intuitively from a single view. Metering and configuration automatically update and switch to the selected processor.

SKYE Dynamics focuses on workflow optimization and is completely interactive. The dynamic range of the metering and the graphical effects configuration can be zoomed and out to cater for different material. The plugin window can also be freely resized and offers a streamlined compact view.

Ready For All Spatial Mixing

The Surround version of SKYE Dynamics is compatible with setups up to 7.1.4. With full surround support for the channel linking feature, you can also get creative with spatial mixing.




Features

  • A plugin for multi-staged dynamics processing
  • Three dynamics effects - Exander, Compressor, Limiter
  • Ultra transparent processing
  • Linear, Natural, Transparent, Smooth and Pumping envelopes
  • Advanced adaptive auto-release
  • Individual Side Chains to each processor
  • Individual bypass for each processor
  • Channel Linking (up to 7.1.4 configuration in the Surround version)
  • Gain Stage at any point
  • Intuitive node based UI to configure effects chain
  • Dynamic range for metering and effects configuration can be freely scaled
  • Full and compact view for optimising screen space
  • Fully resizable/scalable plugin window
  • Multichannel input/output metering for effects chain and individual effects (Surround version)

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PC

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • VST / VST3 / AAX 
  • 64-bit only
  • Available in 2 versions - Stereo or Surround (additional support up to Atmos 7.1.2 support)

Mac

  • Mac OSx 10.9 Lion or higher
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX 
  • 64-bit only
  • Available in 2 versions - Stereo or Surround (additional support up to Atmos 7.1.2 support)

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