DSM V2 Concept
Next-Generation Dynamics Processor
Multiband Compression Without the Guesswork
The DSM V2 takes the guesswork out of multiband compression. It saves time in mastering and allows rapid experimentation in creative compression. We explain more about this below, but first, what is the DSM V2 exactly?
Unlike a conventional multiband compressor, the DSM V2 has very many more frequency bands, which cover the entire spectrum. It splits audio into bands in the same way a prism splits light into different colours. We call it a Prismatic Compressor for this reason.
Immediate Results with One-Click Capture
The Capture button is the heart of the DSM V2.
During audio playback, click the Capture button once to grab the spectrum (of each channel), or click and hold down to grab an average spectrum over time.
The resulting Capture Curve is the threshold for the Prismatic Compressor. The thresholds for each of the many bands of compression are automatically set in just one click.
Effortless Natural-Sounding Compression
Because the Capture Curve is obtained directly from the audio programme, the DSM V2 always compresses to a natural and believable frequency spectrum.
This means the DSM V2 can sympathetically handle programme over a very wide dynamic range, without many of the usual compression artefacts. Even large percussive events, which badly defeat conventional compressors, are handled with ease.
One-Click Capture doesn't just capture the audio spectrum. It also captures a representation of the programme dynamics. This brings a whole new dimension of creative control to the sound engineer. How does the DSM V2 achieve this?
The spectrum (of each channel) displayed on the DSM V2 is pre-processed by the timing parameters, namely, Attack, Decay, and the Timing Profile section.
This profoundly influences the Capture Curve: When the Capture button is clicked, not only are you grabbing a natural, believable spectrum, but you are also compressing with timing parameters which match those under which the Capture Curve was obtained.
This is a subtle yet enormously powerful concept. Capturing the programme with different timing parameters will give you different Capture Curves. You can deliberately Capture with one set of timing parameters, and then apply compression with different parameters. The possibilities for new types of creative control are limitless.
Any Capture Curve can be modified with up to three Parametric Threshold sections, using familiar "EQ-style" controls. The Parametric Threshold is not an EQ, but rather it superimposes an EQ-style frequency response onto the Capture Curve, to which the programme is then compressed as usual. The Parametric Threshold is non-destructive, so you can experiment freely on your Capture Curve presets.
Capture – Modify – Apply
Many creative compression possibilities can be rapidly explored with the DSM V2 using a three-step workflow.
1. Capture: Whilst playing Track A, use One-Click Capture to obtain a Capture Curve.
2. Modify: Use the Parametric Threshold to optionally modify the Capture Curve in a flexible, non-destructive way.
3. Apply: Now play Track B using the Capture Curve obtained from Track A, together with the optional Parametric Threshold modifications. The spectral response from Track A is impressed upon Track B, but in a more dynamic, musical and expressive way than merely using fixed equalisation.
Due to the internal fixed frequency band arrangement, which naturally provides more bands of processing in the mid and upper ranges, the DSM V2 is particularly well suited to vocals. A couple of examples:-
De-essing and sibilance issues can be fixed simply by grabbing a Capture Curve during a good part of the performance.
Vocal tone is typically controlled by the Parametric Threshold. More radical changes can be made by applying Capture Curves grabbed from other takes or tracks.
The Dry/Wet control offers a balance between the processed and original programme.
Mastering Limiter - Transparent Below -1dBFS
Addionally, the DSM V2 features a single-button Limiter of mastering-grade quality. The Limiter has been optimised specifically to work with the compression stage. This allows short-term peak events in the programme to exceed maximum peak modulation levels without causing overs or loss of impact.
The DSM V2 Mastering Limiter boasts complete transparency for levels below -1dBFS.
The post-limiter output level trim control is provided so that headroom can be maintained without the need for an additional gain plugin.
Creative Tool and Problem Solver
In summary, and without going into all the techniques in this quick overview, exemplary results in lightning-fast time can be acheived for all the following common tasks:-
- Loudness enhancement
- Continuity matching
- Vocal enhancement
- Character mapping between whole mixes, tracks, vocals & instruments
- Sound character control for broadcast playout
- Microphone proximity correction in video or film production
- Improving difficult outside broadcast situations in post-production
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