Wilmington, DE (November 7, 2012)—Plugin Alliance LLC has teamed up with Pro Audio DSP, coinciding with the release of Pro Audio DSP’s Dynamic Spectrum Mapper V2 and two new plug-ins from Plugin Alliance founding member Dirk Ulrich’s German M/S mastering tools and audio plug-ins company Brainworx.
“We were extremely excited when we first found out about the DSM plug-in by Pro Audio DSP,” stated Plugin Alliance CEO Dirk Ulrich. “Given that Paul Frindle is the brains behind it, the capabilities of this truly unique plug-in are hardly surprising. In the last 35 years, his contributions to the pro audio industry have been immense, not least by being part of the development teams for the SSL E and G Series analogue consoles and the Sony OXF-R3 digital console. I am very happy to welcome Pro Audio DSP as a new Alliance partner, and look forward to many more developments from Paul and his team in future.”
“I am very pleased and excited to announce our new partnership with Plugin Alliance, bringing their great track record of technical facility, industry support, and professionalism to our DSM product,” said Frindle, a product designer with Pro Audio DSP.
Billed as a Prismatic Compressor & Metering Limiter, Dynamic Spectrum Mapper V2 was developed by Frindle and Pro Audio DSP Software Architect Paul Ryder, formerly the principal software engineer responsible for the development and implementation of the Sony Oxford plug-ins and another key member of the Sony OXR-R3 console development team. In essence, a one-click ‘capture’ system lies at the heart of DSM V2, which uses adaptive techniques to capture both the frequency domain and dynamic characteristics of any audio material, then deploys this as the basis for a large-scale, multi-band compression process; as a result, it sympathetically handles programs over a wide dynamic range. Sonic character can be mapped between whole mixes, tracks, vocal parts, and instruments. DSM V2 can also serve as a de-esser or vocal enhancer and compressor.
Brainworx’s bx_limiter is a low-latency limiter plug-in designed to help determine how many dB of dynamics to reserve for every single signal. Users can create more space and dynamic range for the overall mix by limiting individual signals such as kick drums, snares, lead vocals, and bass. The Wet/Dry control can pull up vocal details in mixes, control bass sounds, and much more.
Bx_XL V2 is based upon the M/S technology taken from Brainworx’s bx_digital, an analogue M/S EQ developed in 2006/7 and available as a plug-in ever since. As an M/S stereo mastering limiter plug-in, bx_XL V2 internally converts stereo signals into M (mid/sum) and S (side/difference) signals, splitting the M channel into high and low bands; limiting and leveling those three channels individually increases loudness and reportedly improves clarity of stereo mixes with more ‘punch.’