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.


INTENSITY

Dynamic Processor by Zynaptiq



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Description


Detail | Clarity | Density | Loudness

INTENSITY is a new kind of audio processor for mixing, mastering and sound design. Built on techniques typically found in facial recognition algorithms, INTENSITY brings out a sound’s inherent detail, increases its perceived loudness and density, and adds insane amounts of clarity. The unique algorithm carves out important signal features – making sounds sound more like themselves – and is operated with essentially one control. Between the proprietary algorithm and an optional soft-knee saturating limiter in the plugin’s output stage, INTENSITY also excels at attaining maximum loudness and creating a beautifully aggressive tone. 

The key INTENSITY features at a glance:

  • Mastering-grade processing for more detail, clarity, density and loudness. 
  • Intuitive and fast workflow using a streamlined set of controls. 
  • Proprietary INTENSITY circuit with optional frequency-dependent BIAS function. 
  • Additional precision soft-knee saturating limiter at the output stage. 

Think "Compressor"

So what IS this thing, then? You can think of INTENSITY like an infinite-band compressor operating in relative terms – whose time constants are zero, and which is controlled by an artificial intelligence at audio rate – making it possible to adjust the process with essentially just one knob.

Or Actually, do NOT Think "Compressor"

Well, except that this description would be completely inaccurate, as INTENSITY is absolutely NOT a compressor, and works in a completely different way. There's no RMS detector, no threshold, no ratio, no attack or release time. It doesn't pump or modulate in any other way. It doesn't overshoot and it works regardless of absolute levels and input type.

That said, the compressor analogy does serve to give you an idea of when to use it and what for.

Across the Board

INTENSITY is equally suited for processing individual tracks like speech, SFX, instruments – including guitars, bass and piano – as well as full mixes, multi-channel film stems, drum busses, and other complex content. This makes INTENSITY an indispensable tool for music producers, mastering engineers, sound designers, video producers, broad/podcasters, forensics professionals, audiophiles, or virtually anyone to quickly and easily add clarity, definition, and perceived loudness to their audio projects.

Fast, Faster, INTENSITY

This plugin is probably the fastest way to get great sound. No kidding. The actual, real-world usage story goes pretty much exactly like this:

  • Insert plugin
  • Adjust INTENSITY amount
  • Enjoy the result.

In some cases, you may additionally:

  • Adjust BIAS Amount and/or Curve
  • Switch LEVEL COMPENSATION off
  • Activate the saturation.

 ...that is literally it.

TL;DR – Summarize that in Plain English, Please.

OK, we'll drop the geek.

It's a high-tech thing that makes everything sound way more awesome.
Which is why we call it The AWESOME!-Knob in our offices.
Put it on everything, all of the time. 
Be careful, it's highly addictive.
Plain enough? :-)

INTENSITY

At the heart of the plugin lies its namesake, the INTENSITY  circuit. A combination of advanced neural network based analysis and proprietary input and output transforms is used to separate the signal into broad strokes and detail features. By boosting the details while leaving the broad strokes in place, the sound's unique characteristics are amplified, masking effects mitigated, details carved out, the density and perceived loudness increased. Sounds high tech? That's because it IS.

BIAS

In most cases, the INTENSITY trackball is all you'll need to use to get a great sound. But the processing amount can be controlled frequency dependently, too, using the BIAS function.

Preset BIAS Curves


INTENSITY features ten preset bias curves, including two equal loudness curves, a presence boost curve, linear tilt curves, and more. Curves are selected using our proprietary Visual Menu widget, which allows you to preview a setting simply by hovering your mouse over it. 

Custom BIAS Curve

Or simply create your own. Supported by multiple macro functions, finding just the right curve is a snap.

SATURATE

On top of the high-tech INTENSITY circuit, there's also a slightly more traditional, but nonetheless state-of-the-art soft-knee saturating limiter that can optionally be switched into the output stage. From subtle glue to in-your-face-ness to Yeah-I-Just-Got-Three-dB-of-Loudness-For-Free in mastering to straight-up overdrive, the SATURATE circuit delivers a beautifully warm, meaty tone...and can drive the loudness into La-La-Land.



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Formats

INTENSITY is available for a variety of formats.

MacOS X:

  • Apple AudioUnits (32/64bit)
  • Avid RTAS
  • Avid AAX Native including AudioSuite (32/64bit)
  • Steinberg VST 2.4 (32/64bit)
  • Steinberg VST 3 (32/64bit)

Windows:

  • Avid RTAS
  • Avid AAX Native including AudioSuite (32/64bit)
  • Steinberg VST 2.4 (32/64bit)
  • Steinberg VST 3 (32/64bit)

Mac

  • Apple Mac computer
  • OSX 10.8.x or newer
  • Intel CPU with at least 2 Cores; i7 or better recommended.
  • Apple AU (AudioUnits), Steinberg VST 2.4, VST 3 or Avid RTAS/AAX compatible Host software
  • For AAX Native 32-bit, the minimum required Pro Tools version is 10.3.6
  • iLok.com account for machine- or iLok 2 based activation (of full as well as demo versions)
  • Internet Connection for Software Activation (though not necessarily on the computer used for audio)

Windows

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • CPU with at least 2 Cores; Intel CPU recommended, i7 or better recommended.
  • Steinberg VST 2.4, VST 3 or Avid RTAS/AAX compatible Host software
  • For AAX Native 32-bit, the minimum required Pro Tools version is 10.3.6
  • iLok.com account for machine- or iLok 2 based activation (of full as well as demo versions)
  • Internet Connection for Software Activation (though not necessarily on the computer used for audio)

Copy Protection

This software uses the latest PACE copy protection, which allows you to place your activation on your machine or on an iLok 2* (or newer; not included). You will need a free iLok.com account to use our software, even for the the demos – but you do not necessarily need the iLok 2 dongle, if your machine has internet access (activation of a system without internet connectivity requires an iLok 2 device). All required software is installed along with our plugins, but we generally recommend downloading the latest versions directly from iLok.com.

*Please note: the older, first generation (blue) iLok is not supported!

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British Class A

Dynamic Processor by Softube



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Description


Classic British sound, unbuttoned.

The British Console Sound is famous. You can hear its sweet and musical quality on hit records spanning more than five decades from artists such as Queen, Nirvana, David Bowie, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. When mix engineers need this unmistakable body, depth, and silky sweet top-end on individual tracks and busses, the British Class A channel strip is the one to grab.

  • Authentic, unmistakable British console character
  • A precisely emulated channel strip with added flexibility
  • Four versions included: British Class A plug-in, British Class A for Console 1, British Class A for Amp Room, and British Class A for Modular

Softube modeled Gate, Compressor, EQ, Filters, and Drive on some of the most sought-after and costly console modules in existence using Softube's renowned emulation methodology. The result is the authentic tone and character of the classic British consoles with superb sound quality and four flexible formats: native plug-in, Console 1 channel strip, and Amp Room- and Modular modules. Jammy you.

Designed by Experts, Built on Legacy

Softube has a long history of emulating professional audio gear. After nearly two decades collaborating with premium brands like Weiss Engineering, Tube-Tech, Solid State Logic, Chandler Limited®, and Trident, their track record of recreating classics in software form that sound exactly like their hardware counterparts is rock solid.

British Class A is built on this legacy. With Softube's meticulous approach to modeling, British Class A captures the sweet, musical character of some of the most valuable and coveted British console modules in history. All in stunning Softube sound quality. Nothing less.

From Britain with Love: Authentic and Versatile

Featuring pristine replicas of expensive and highly sought-after console modules from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, British Class A makes it easy to tune in the soulful character of the classic British consoles. The Low Shelf/Low Cut low-end technique couples with the satiny High Shelf and Drive/preamp to give that acclaimed tone that makes everything sound incredible.

Inside Job: Use it in Amp Room and Modular

With British Class A for Amp Room and Modular, the perfectly emulated Compressor, Filter, Equalizer, and Drive modules bring the distinguished character of the British Console Sound to your guitar and bass or synth. Mix and match them to conveniently create as much color as you crave—from the inside out.

Sleight of Hand: Use it in Console 1

The smooth workflow and hands-on control of the Console 1 system make British Class A for Console 1 a no-brainer. British Class A effortlessly captures the authentic sound of classic British consoles of the 1960s and ‘70s. Console 1 helps capture the feeling. It’s the British Console Sound—and feel—in the modern DAW-based studio.

This Product Supports Extended Features

Softube love VU meters, Bakelite knobs, and analog quirks. But Softube want modern precision and workflow. The answer? Softube Extended Features. Easy-access panels with the innovations you need close at hand.

The Anatomy of the British Class A Channel Strip

  • Shape Section: Modeled on a rare yet classic piece of transformer-based, class-A-designed British hardware, the gate does a great job of keeping tracks tight and clean. You can employ it to rid a snare drum track of unwanted bleed or to soften the sound of a kick drum. Using the sidechain input makes the gate super useful for ultra-musical keying purposes.
  • Equalizer Section: The EQ is essential to the classic British console sound, and the equalizer in British Class A is component-modeled to absolute perfection after one of the most highly sought-after EQs of its era. With stepped frequency controls, you can tweak the color of your sound and—no matter what you do—always come out with true British console character.
  • Compressor & Limiter Section: Assignable compressors grace many of the classic consoles that comprise the British Console Sound. Softube emulated an early specimen that features a fat, round sound for British Class A's Compressor section. They also uncoupled the hybrid compressor/limiter of the original hardware, making separate Compressor and Limiter sections. Separate, but each uniquely sweet.
  • Drive Section: Take your sound from dark and stormy to blue skies. Drive simulates running the console channel hot with the saturation, distortion, and tone that occur when doing so. Go from a darker sound with less distortion in the mid-range to bright and clear distortion in the highs.

What's included?

British Class A plug-in

The British Class A channel strip makes everything sound better with its fat and deep bottom-end, silky-smooth top-end, and depth-and-width-creating saturation. Loads of musical British console color lets you lock into the tone heard on hit records from Queen, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

British Class A for Console 1

British Class A for Console 1 is just like mixing on the real thing. The layout makes your workflow faster and, by using it on every channel, it delivers the unmistakable tone of the British Console Sound. With the one-to-one tactile control of Console 1, the big console feel is bang on.

British Class A for Amp Room

British Class A for Amp Room offers four sections of the channel strip to help you capture the distinct character of the classic British consoles within the pro audio guitar and bass platform. The modules—Compressor, Filter, Equalizer, and Drive—can be mixed and matched to lay it on as thick as you fancy.

British Class A for Modular

British Class A for Modular boasts four modules to achieve the British Console Sound from within the Eurorack platform: Compressor, Filter, Equalizer, and Drive. The Compressor module even has an extra input jack so you can patch your bloody heart out.




Features

  • The true color and character of the famous large-format British consoles of the ‘60s and ‘70s
  • A channel strip with carefully modeled Gate, Compressor, Filters, EQ, and Drive
  • Includes four multi-platform versions: British Class A plug-in, British Class A for Console 1, British Class A for Amp Room (4 Modules), and British Class A for Modular (4 Modules)
  • Featuring the famous 3-band equalizer with two silky smooth shelving filters and a peaking mid-band with high and low Q settings
  • Slightly resonant filters that bring a unique character, added edge, and work perfectly with the EQ to recreate the famous curves this gear is known for
  • Easily dial in the settings used to record and mix countless hit albums and songs
  • Softube-quality emulation and sound

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  • Mac OS X 10.13 or newer (older OS versions will not work)
  • Windows 10 64-bit (older Windows versions may work but are not tested)
  • Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon - M1 support pending
  • Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer
  • Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
  • 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. Specific information available on each instrument’s page).
  • Softube account
  • iLok account
  • Internet access for downloading installers and managing licenses
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok key for authorizing your plug-ins (note that a physical iLok USB key is not a requirement)
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and their own rigorous testing standards - Softube only officially test their plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reaper and Cakewalk. Softube plugins are not tested in non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

Important Notes: 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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MSpectralDynamics

Dynamic Processor by MeldaProduction



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MSpectralDynamics spectral mastering dynamics processor plugin is a true mastering revolution. It can do many things, but it's main feature serves as an ultramodern hi-tech replacement for multiband compressors and loudness maximizers. With top-class features such as custom shape processing it can provide you with a varied and wide range of effects. Additionally, it provides you with a free-form linear-phase equalizer with a range from -80dB to 0dB, which you can use to fix specific issues in your recordings and mixes.

Features

Multiband compressors are a very important tool required to balance the spectrum and maximize loudness. However multiband compressors are very clumsy, their effects are often too unnatural and it is very easy to completely destroy the audio material. MSpectralDynamics does not have any bands and works with the entire spectrum instead. It approximates energy located in each frequency and applies the dynamics to it separately. This algorithm is extremely complicated but provides state-of-the-art sound quality and features you could not even dream of before!

  • True spectral dynamic processing - other compressors perform dynamic processing in the time-domain, MSpectralDynamics performs the same actions in the frequency domain, where you can increase loudness, balance frequencies etc...
  • Free-form equalizer - a complementary feature of MSpectralDynamics is a free-form linear-phase equalizer with range from -80dB to 0dB editable using the MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES).
  • Power spectrum analyzer - integrated spectrum analyzer gives accurate view of input and output spectral dynamic profile, gain reduction per frequency and free-form equalizer.
  • 2 independent compressor/expander units with ratios from 1:4 to 20:1 and infinity, adjustable range and knee.
  • Advanced gate unit with adjustable size and knee.
  • Resolution, smoothness, slope, threshold shape - spectral detector provides advanced features defining how MSpectralDynamics analyzes and processes sound with various resulting time and spectral response.
  • Dual user interface - the plugin is not only extremely versatile, but also quick and easy-to-use thanks to 2 graphical user interfaces. First there is a simple default one with several predefined modes, but just a few controls, which lets you start quickly and easily without any knowledge. All you need to do is choose what you want and use a few knobs. And the plugins also has an advanced mode, which provides all the extreme features the plugin offers.
  • Custom processing shape - by enabling this feature in MSpectralDynamics, you can modify the original processing envelope using our MeldaProduction envelope system (MES) technology. It lets you easily create any dynamic processing shape you like. And it is very fast even for complicated shapes.
  • Advanced dynamic detector featuring manual and 5 automatic modes with adjustable limits and speed. Besides standard attack and release parameters, MSpectralDynamics provides peak/RMS settings and a peak hold feature. There is no audio material in the world the plugin cannot adjust to.
  • 3 signal shaping modes, dry/wet control and other supportive parameters that ease your workflow.
  • Actual source level indication inside the shape graph - you always know what dynamic value you can actually expect on the input and output, and what gain-reduction MSpectralDynamics performs.
  • Unique temporary gain feature provides an excellent way to control the amount of compression while keeping the output level stable. Based on tricks well known between top producers MSpectralDynamics makes the workflow quicker than ever before.
  • Up to 8 channels surround processing - our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also up to 8 channels of surround audio, making them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Full randomization - using a single button you can generate completely new settings. By clicking the button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you! And if that's too much, you can just hold ctrl and MSpectralDynamics will only slightly modify existing settings.
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x to minimize aliasing and get an even clearer sound.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface - our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI's.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn - you can map any parameter to any MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard and control it realtime or record and automate it.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange - using a title button you can save your settings (which are shared on the computer) so you can easily access these in other songs. Moreover all plugins can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers (if this feature is enabled). We are building a community and you can be a part of it!
  • Fully automatable.



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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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DynOne

Dynamic Processor by Leapwing Audio



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The Ultimate Smart Parallel Multi-band Dynamics Processor

Many multiband compressors take too much time to set up and tweak. DynOne 3 has been redesigned with a beautiful resizable retina design that focuses on workflow. It also includes variable crossover filters, unique weighting algorithm, and a proprietary Center-Side Mode. DynOne 3 also uses min-max values for attack and release, and applies variable timing values depending on whether the signal is transient in nature or not. You can simply blend in your compressed signal with the original.

Highest Quality XO Filters

Leapwing Audio's crossover filters have been custom designed to interact with each other, in order to avoid phase alignment issues between bands, something you do have with traditional multi-band compressors. In DynOne 3 Leapwing Audio even made them variable so you can tweak them fully.

Adaptive Attack/Release Timing

Leapwing Audio felt that having a traditional attack and release times didn’t really give you the best sounding result. When you’re working with transients vs sustained sounds, you often want to have different attack and release times. This is why we use min and max attack/release times.

Easy to Use and Intuitive GUI

Leapwing Audio aim to build plugins that sound good from the moment you start using them, not having to waste precious creative time. Leapwing Audio spent countless hours of R&D time to look at the best ways of visualising all the bands so you can tweak everything intuitively.




Features

  • Exquisite Crossover Filters: 5 bands with custom-built linear-phase crossover filters that are variable in frequency
  • Enhanced Control for Mixing and Mastering: From variable RMS vs peak detection, to stereo linking percentages, all the way to smart variable controls
  • Simple yet Beautiful Design: Beautiful resizable Retina interface with unique design, focused on the optimal workflow
  • Extremely Good Filters: The highest quality FIR filtering we can run on modern CPU
  • Multiple DAW & OS Compatibility: Available on Mac OSX (10.9 +), Windows 8, 10 (64-bit only) in AAX-Native, VST, VST3 and AU

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Mac

  • Mac OSX (10.9 +)

Windows

  • Windows 8, 10 (64-bit only)

Formats

  • AAX-Native
  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU

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PUNISH

Dynamic Processor by Heavyocity



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No Good Mix Goes Un-PUNISHed

Overview

From subtle warmth to extreme drive and compression, PUNISH injects character and edge into any mix or instrument track. It’s the same PUNISH effect that you know and love, as featured in Heavyocity’s award-winning line of virtual instruments, now in VST/AU/AAX plugin format. Modeled after Heavyocity’s custom analog signal chains, PUNISH gives you control over Compression, Saturation, Transients, EQ, and Limiting. Chain the modules together to get that signature PUNISH sound, or isolate them to experience each dynamic effect on its own. And at the heart of it all is the global PUNISH Knob. Simply set your ranges, and dial in the devastation.

Compressor / Saturation

With three distinct compression models, the PUNISH Compressor offers a wide dynamic range, topped off with that classic analog warmth. The plugin features a smooth Class A-style Buss Compressor (Console), an aggressive, fat sound with a classic “knee” (Modern), and a warm vintage limiting amplifier-style (Classic). 

The PUNISH Saturation module also features three different models, all with their own unique brand of warmth, drive, and character. With a classic broadcast mic-pre (Vintage), a chunky harmonic saturation (Modern), and a fat tube saturation (Tube), the PUNISH Saturation module can add a bit of grit to a track, or drive the whole thing into overload.

Transients / EQ / Limiter

Providing control over the attack, sustain, and output gain, PUNISH’s Transient shaping module enables users to bring stronger transients back into the signal after saturating the sound. The module also features Hold control to determine length of the attack.

The EQ module is basic but powerful, offering lift of the high and low frequencies. Set the EQ to Pre or Post to affect highs and lows before the Comp, Sat, and Transient...or after.

To prevent clipping, PUNISH also features a Limiter at the end of the chain. Soft clip amount and release time controls are key, when that Saturation starts to get things truly hairy.

Global PUNISH Knob

At the core of the plugin is the central Punish Knob. Heavyocity has designed an intuitive way to modulate all of the parameters, quickly and easily bringing life and movement into your sounds. By simply clicking the “edit” button, and setting the halo values, the central PUNISH knob becomes a highly-dynamic tool, capable of any and every degree of PUNISHment. Start off clean and warm and go punchy -- or expand the ranges to really let ‘er rip. When your track really kicks in, a twist of that center knob gives you all the attitude you'll need.

Analog Signal Chain

Heavyocity has been using their in-house custom analog chains to mangle and manipulate sound sources for years. From epic percussion to cinematic pads and stings, their line of award-winning VI’s always get touched up by their stable of Bus Compressors, Tube Saturation, and Limiting Amplifiers. It’s part of what has made instruments like GRAVITY, Vocalise, and AEON so compelling, and now they’re placing those custom signal chains into your hands. Meticulously modeled from the best in classic and analog units, PUNISH brings together a studios-worth of gear in one dynamic new FX plugin.

Expertly-Crafted Presets

To get you up and running quickly, PUNISH is stocked full of crafted presets, laid out over six categories. This is where the versatility of PUNISH really shines. From Bass to Drums to Mixing/Mastering, PUNISH has a wide range of applications. Whatever it may be, PUNISH has a setting for you -- with over 90 presets arranged by instrument type, and a bonus folder of some HY staff favorites. They’re a great starting point, though an option to save your own presets is also available.emulated

90 Expertly-Crafted Presets in SIX Categories

  • Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys/Synth, Vocals, Mixing/Mastering



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Operating Systems:

  • Mac: OS X 10.10 or later (Not yet compatible with Big Sur)
  • Windows 7 or later (both 32 and 64-bit)

DAW Host Compatibility:

  • Pro Tools 10+, Live 9+, Cubase 8+, Logic Pro X+

Available Plugin Formats:

  • AAX, VST, and Audio Units (AU) Formats

Please Note:

  • Internet connection is required to activate this software
  • A FREE iLok account is necessary for authorisation (iLok USB dongle not required)

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MDrumLeveler

Dynamic Processor by MeldaProduction



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Description


MDrumLeveler is a unique tool specially designed for drums and percussive materials. It will improve the drum performances, stabilize drum hit levels, remove leakage and ambience and let you control the drum hits better than you ever could with traditional tools.

Truly Transparent Event-Based Processing

Traditional dynamic processors (compressors, expanders, gates...) detect levels of input samples and transform them depending on the transfer curve. This means that the gain is changing on every sample. This can be very well used to shape the sound itself, but it is hard to make it transparent if you want to level individual drum hits. MDrumLeveler on the other hand analyzes the incoming audio, detects events (drum hits for example) in it and transforms them somehow. That way it adjusts the level of each event, but does not alter the actual sound or color, so the results are unbelievably transparent.

Improves Drum Performances

No drummer's performance is perfect, each hit has a different velocity, and difference in levels are even exaggerated by the recording equipment. But there is a very high standard for perfectness in performances for most modern styles. Vocalists regularly use automatic tuner, drummers have MDrumLeveler now. It can even out drum hit levels, so the performance will just sound perfect even if it, well, is not.

Removes Leakage and Ambience

Traditionally you use gates to attenuate the audio in between separate hits in order to remove ambience and leakage from other instruments. That is necessary for modern tight mixes and very hard to accomplish with standard tools. MDrumLeveler can do it with unbelievable ease and provides unbelievable results thanks to the advanced event-based processing.

Drum Envelope Shaping

MDrumLeveler lets you shape the envelope of each drum hit. Whether you want a longer body or faster release, it is no problem for MDrumLeveler. And you don't need to spend hours experimenting, MDrumLeveler gives you a direct control of these parameters.

Adjustable to Any Audio Material

Drum recordings are rarely flawless, usually contain lots of leakage, ambience, artifacts... MDrumLeveler's event detector is highly adjustable. Among other settings, you can use 2 parallel resonant band-pass filters to target the dominant frequencies of the drum you are interested in.

Can Be Used Live

MDrumLeveler's job cannot be done without looking "into the future". By default it looks 20ms ahead, which provides 100% accuracy for all standard drums. But you can get much lower - in most cases look-ahead below 5ms still works perfectly, good enough for using it live. MDrumLeveler can know how hard you hit the drum just a few milliseconds after you do that.




Features

  • The Most Advanced User Interface on the Market - Stylable, Resizable, GPU Accelerated

  • Modern user interfaces must not only be easy and quick to use, but also versatile and the whole visual appearance should inspire you. MDrumLeveler features the most advanced GUI engine on the market. It is still the first and only GUI engine, which is freely resizable and stylable. It also lets you choose between knobs, sliders or buttons, whichever you like the most.
  • The plugin can look as an ancient vintage gear, if you are working on old-school rock music. Or as super-modern futuristic device if you are working on modern electronic music.
  • If your display doesn't have a high resolution, you can make the plugin smaller. If the fonts are too small, you can make the plugin bigger and save your eyes.
  • All the graphics is accelerated using your GPU, graphical interface, providing ultimately quick response and keep your CPU focused on the audio.
  • Unique Visualisation Engine with Classic Meters and Time Graphs

  • Your ears should always be the main judge, but a smart metering system can often be a huge help. MDrumLeveler provides the most advanced metering system out there. The plugin can display the measurements of all relevant values using classic meters, or it can even show them in time using the time graphs. Everything is customisable as usual.Modulators
  • Multiparameters

  • MDrumLeveler provides 4 fully-featured modulators which can control any set of parameters including other modulators. Each modulator works as an LFO, level follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR enveloper, randomiser or pitch detector, or even a combination and can listen to the plugin\'s side-chain.
  • You can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. You can make various parameters depend on the input (or the sidechain) level or even listen to the input pitch.
  • M/S, Single Channel, Up to 8 Channels Surround Processing...

  • MDrumLeveler 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!
  • Automatic Gain Compensation (AGC)

  • Most plugins change loudness of the output audio, which makes browsing presets inconvenient, not mentioning randomisation. MDrumLeveler 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. MDrumLeveler provides a safety brick wall limiter, which ensures the output stays below 0dB and prevents your equipment and your ears from potential danger automatically.
  • Adjustable Up-Sampling 1x-16x

  • Digital audio provides very superior audio quality compared to ancient analog gear, but there are problems too. The main problem is the aliasing, which may be noticeable, when using nonlinear processes such as compression or saturation. MDrumLeveler includes both minimum-phase and high-quality linear-phase upsampling algorithms, which avoids the aliasing.
  • MIDI Controllers with MIDI Learn

  • MDrumLeveler contains a powerful MIDI processor, which listen to MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboard and control any parameters realtime.
  • 64-bit Processing and an Unlimited Sampling Rate

  • MDrumLeveler 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.
  • Extremely Fast, Optimised for Newest AVX Capable Processors

  • Computers are now extremely fast, but the algorithms are more complex and projects bigger, so we still need to use the processing power with care. MDrumLeveler 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.
  • Global Preset Management and Online Preset Exchange

  • MDrumLeveler 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 our servers. We are building a community and you can be a part of it!
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX Interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit

  • MDrumLeveler supports all major hosts on both platforms. Check system requirements for information about compatibility and installation.
  • No Dongle nor Internet Access is Required for Activation

  • How many times did you forget your USB dongle? We are an honest company and expect the same from our customers. Our 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.
  • Free-for-Life Updates

  • When you buy the software you are entitled to free updates, forever. No more money wasted on major upgrades like it is with other companies. And we upgrade our software a lot!

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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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Valley People Dyna-mite

Dynamic Processor by Softube



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Genius expanded.

A secret weapon to some, a hidden treasure to the rest, the Valley People Dyna-mite is a Swiss army knife limiter/expander design with unique character that has inspired engineers to do crazy things with sound for decades.

Now it’s more versatile and easier to use than ever. Adding two hyper-focused plug-ins based on the same sound, we’ve boiled it down into a simple, modern package. Meet Dyna-mite Slam, and Dyna-mite Gate!

Paul Buff built custom gear for Frank Zappa. Need we say more? The cool factor is tangible. By the time he patented his TA-101 VCA (‘The Electronic Gain Control Device’ – the heart of the Dyna-mite) in 1980, his reputation was already unimpeachable.

The Dyna-mite is essentially a limiter or an expander, but through a sophisticated combination of switch positions, it is capable of more or less any manipulation of dynamics from gating to RMS compression, from keying and ducking to ridiculously extreme levelling.

Now, however, you can find all of these magical sonic combinations easily with the two new plug-ins, Slam and Gate. Slam takes care of all of the downward stuff – the compression and limiting – in as close to a one-knob format as Dyna-mite could ever become, while Gate deals with the upward operations – the gating and expanding. You can control bleed in a subtle manner, add punch to a snare, crush a rock vocal into submission, or duck a synth bass around a kick. And you don’t even really need to read the manual.

The original plug-in is included (with a slightly updated look) for experts, but all the joy of the Dyna-mite comes forward in Slam and Gate, in a more focused form than ever.

All three plug-ins come under the same license, for the one price.




Features

  • Three plug-ins in one – the original Dyna-mite, plus focused 'Slam' & 'Gate' plug-ins
  • Limiting: Peak and average limiting, incl. negative ratio (-20:1) limiting and detector HF filtering (for De-Essing purposes).
  • Expanding: Hard or soft with extreme gate settings and detector HF filtering.
  • Ducking or Keying modes with external side chain.
  • Release ranging from 0.05 to 5 sec/20 dB with Anticipatory Release Computation (ARC) to reduce pumping.
  • Analog-modeled output distortion for serious attitude and vibe.
  • All the detailed dynamic control – and it’s quick and easy.

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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 note: 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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Omnipressor

Dynamic Processor by Eventide



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Description


Dynamics Processor with Attitude!

Introduced in 1971, the Omnipressor® rack unit was widely used on hit records throughout the last four decades. One of our first customers was a young Brian May, lead guitarist of Queen. With the Omnipressor in his rig, his sound was never the same again.

Professional quality dynamic-modifier for gating, compression, limiting and expansion. The Omnipressor is even capable of reversing a sound’s envelope, making loud sounds quiet and quiet sounds loud. This plug-in is based on the original Eventide Omnipressor, introduced in 1971 and used on hit records throughout the last four decades.




Features

  • Dynamics processing for creating otherworldly sounds
  • Gating, expansion, compression, limiting, and Dynamic Reversal
  • Intuitive interface makes it simple to operate with the use of a Function dial

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Windows

  • Windows 8 and later (64-bit only) (Windows 11 supported)
  • AAX, VST2, VST3 (64-bit only)

Mac

  • macOS 10.9 and later (64-bit only) (macOS 12 Monterey and M1 Apple Silicon supported)
  • AAX, AU, VST2, VST3 (64-bit only)
  • Please Note: AAX format is only compatible with Intel Macs (until Avid adds native M1 Apple Silicon support).

Important Notes:

  • Eventide tests their desktop plugins in Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Studio One (However, our plugins should work with any compatible host.)
  • No iLok dongle is required to run this software - only a FREE iLok account/Manager is required for authorisation.

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SKYE Dynamics (Surround)

Dynamic Processor by Signum Audio



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Description


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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  • 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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Presswerk

Dynamic Processor by u-he



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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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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 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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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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  • 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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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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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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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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  • 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

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All Arturia software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

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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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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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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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