Masterminded by Paul Frindle who had a hand in developing the legendary SSL E / G series consoles, the Dynamic Spectrum Mapper (DSM) plug-in has reached version 3. DSM has the ability to capture, modify and re-apply the spectral characteristics of different tracks. With this, it gives you options such as matching tracks’ EQ and dynamics curves during mastering or treating the plug-in as an elaborate de-esser.
DSM’s developers claim its dynamic spectrum mapping technology produces more authentic-sounding results than convential EQ matching. The proprietary system offers over three times as many frequency bands as the typical multiband compressor and uses a combination of spectral and dynamic information to form a Threshold Curve. This curve is used as complex reference for compression, expansion, and de-essing.
The quality of compression is described as smooth and resilient, preventing tonal changes and preserving transients even when compressing highly dynamic and spectrally complex material like percussion tracks. Parallel compression can be obtained easily with the Dry/Wet mix control.
The plug-in also includes a mastering limiter that’s said to be 100% transparent below -1dBFS. In practical terms, this means only the peaks are processed and transient detail is preserved.
Although DSM v3 is based on processing technology honed in version 2, the plug-in has been built from the ground-up. Adding to the familiar functionality, version 3 introduces a new Expand mode, spectrum sidechain input with source selection, signal flow improvements, and a scalable user interface, among other things.
Price and availability
Going on sale July 15, DSM v3 will be available in AAX (DSP & Native), AU, VST2 and VST3 formats for Windows and Mac computers. A fully-functional 14-day trial version is immediately available upon registering with Plugin Alliance. The price hasn’t been announced as of yet. However, upgrade pricing will be available for existing V2 owners.