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DynOne £179

Does the world need another multiband compressor? Leapwing Audio thinks so. Alex Holmes dresses to compress…

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Multiband compression has been around for quite some time now, and although it can be very powerful, it can also completely destroy a mix in the wrong hands. Parallel compression has also been around for a while, but as a technique can be arguably more subtle and transparent as it leaves the original signal untouched. With that in mind, this new plug-in from Leapwing Audio aims to marry the two in a powerful, but transparent dynamics tool, which excels at bringing up low level detail rather than squashing dynamics.

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DynOne is a 5-band, linear phase dynamics processor that can be used directly on the audio, or in Parallel Compression mode, with custombuilt crossover filters that have been designed to avoid phase alignment issues. The original version of DynOne was actually released last year, and this v2 release contains a handful of subtle, but useful tweaks. You have five faders in the middle of the GUI that control the volume of each band so you can subtly alter the tonality of your material by bringing up the parallel compressed versions. Straight off the bat, we were able to load a mixbus preset that added some excitement to the top end and controlled the lows, and adjusted each fader to taste, giving us a great sounding result in less than a minute! You can also link these sliders, or solo each band by shift-clicking on the fader itself, with meters showing the band volume and compression amount, plus additional faders for the master Input and Output either side. New features for version 2 here include Undo/ Redo, an A/B function, and K-Weighted LUFS readouts on the Input and Output to help you understand how the processing is affecting the audio.

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