Edmeston, NY (March 7, 2014)—Dangerous Music has released the Chris Muth-designed Dangerous Compressor, a dual-mono/stereo compressor for tracking, mixing and mastering.
The compressor was reportedly field-tested and tweaked for almost two years before being previewed at the 2013 New York AES Convention.
The Smart Dynamics feature employs two independent slopes in the detection circuit. One stage of the detector controls the average level. The other handles only rapid transients. Normally a spike would shove down the entire track, creating an audible faux-pas moment. Instead, with the Dangerous Compressor, the normal slope stage handles the smoothing of the entire content and the other deals with the spikes.
By default, the unit is set to Auto Attack/Release mode which uses time constants selected for versatility. Engaging the Manual Attack/Release button allows the manual use of the attack and release knobs.
The Dangerous Compressor may be operated in either Stereo or Dual Mono mode. Dual Mono has two completely independent paths; for example, kick drum in one channel and snare in the other. Stereo Mode may be applied to stereo instruments, stems or complete mixes.
The audiophile Sidechain circuit offers both bass cut—sensitivity reduction to low frequency energy to keep the compressor from "dunking" with loud bass or kick drum levels—and sibilance boost, which increases sensitivity to high frequency energy causing the compressor to react more to the top end, taming the harshness without resorting to EQ changes.
Sterling Sound mastering engineer, Greg Calbi, commented, "From simple dynamics control to complete mix balance transformation, the Dangerous Compressor does both and everything in between."