Antonio Porcelli from HoRNet Plug-ins is not really satisfied with the available tools for mixing in Dolby Atmos. When Antonio feels there’s a problem, he doesn’t complain. He masterminds a solution and sells it affordably. That’s how it’s always been, and it’s the same with SAMP, a plug-in which adds the missing master bus to Dolby Atmos mixes. Here’s more about that…
One of the problems with mixing in Dolby Atmos is the sheer number of tracks which have to be edited at the same time. Understandably, you can’t go about pasting and re-pasting an EQ preset to each of the 128 audio tracks individually if you just want to raise their treble or something. You’ll lose all what’s left of your sanity! Let SAMP come to the rescue.
SAMP has four processors. The first is an equalizer, based on Hornet’s TotalEQ plug-in. This is followed by a compressor originating from the SyncPressor plug-in. The last two remaining are a Clipper and a Limiter stemming from Magnus MK2. You are free to arrange the order of the individual sound processors any way you like. There is also a bypass function for each. The metering and sidechain inputs (for the compressor and limiter) are fed the sum of each instance’s input, mimicking the typical behavior of a master bus processor.
The plug-in displays all processing instances separately. SAMP can process up to 160 instances at once. Individual instances can be assigned to or removed from the virtual master bus with a mouse click. Conveniently, the plug-in also gets the names of the individual tracks, so you don’t lose the entire plot.
Other SAMP features include faders for input and output volume, automatic synchronization of Attack and Release parameters to the host tempo, up to 4x oversampling, and a scalable GUI.
HoRNet SAMP – Price and availability
HoRNet SAMP works in 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats under macOS 10.11 and Windows Vista (or later). A limited demo version is available for download on the manufacturer’s website. The price is EUR 60, which is not a lot to pay for a Dolby Atmos plug-in.