denise introduces Dragon Fire: A new way to color and tame your track dynamics and sculpt any compressor flavor you like

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KVRist
251 posts since 22 May, 2018 from Berlin

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 5:21 am

Hi all,

I'm here to share news of our newest plugin from denise audio...

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Dragon Fire introduces tonal compression: a new and easier way to tame and color the dynamic of your tracks. On top of that, our Shape technology allows you to finely sculpt the flavor and behaviour of the compressor algorithm. Out of the box the Dragon Fire offers many classic compressor types, but you can go next level and design your own compressor style. Go from vintage to transparent and finally create that OPTO style compressor with a hard knee, a touch of VCA punch, and add some transformer flavor on top.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qqe6oJWhhE

To tame your track dynamics, the Dragon Fire offers a new approach that has the ease of use of an equalizer with its push-pull graph. Flavoring your sound and cutting through the mix has never been easier. Speed up your workflow and add creativity and fun to your production process while keeping your ears fresh, creative and healthy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsmQX-FTxo8
“Dragon Fire is doing the job of what I used to need a stack of plugins for! When I need something to cut through the mix, this is a new favourite.” Rhys May (Bring Me The Horizon, One OK Rock, Enter Shikari)
denise asked Rhys May for feedback on the plugin as he had the opportunity to test the Dragon Fire some time before it’s release. He flattered us as he sent over a short showcase video using the Dragon on a mix he was working on for Dohny Jep with his quote.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf8PN8YEyNk

When we started to conceptualize a ‘denise style’ compressor, we wanted to go beyond emulating a classic compressor. It’s after all denise’s mission to take inspiration from the analog world, but create plugins with their own unique soul, craziness and character. We wanted our compressor to give you the freedom to tune the sound of the compressor itself – imagine fine-tuning the compressor’s saturation amount based on the gain reduction, or tweaking the envelope follower to sound more analog or vintage. Secondly, we wanted to make compressing multiple bands easy, controlled and more flexible than with a traditional multiband compressor. To achieve this we integrated the push-pull technology from our popular God Mode, so you can target the compression towards specific elements in your mix, like the snare in a full beat. These new features and technology made us rethink the mixing process entirely.
“After our initial test versions of the Dragon Fire, product developer Enrico started sending us audio demo’s after midnight on Slack, showcasing how he was using it for mixing, with no other EQ or effects added. That inspired us to mix a whole track this way” – Rob Stegeman, CEO at denise
We challenged ourselves to mix and master a complete track with only the Dragon Fire and the reverbs from our Perfect series. The result is the track “Lay Down” that product developer Enrico recorded in separate, remote sessions in Berlin and Italy. He discovered several new techniques during the mixing process, and we think that there are many more discoveries to come. Find examples of tonal production techniques, including a free trial, on the denise website.

Dragon Fire with its Shape technology offers multiple creative features Finely sculpt the flavor and behaviour of the compressor algorithm itself. Go from vintage to transparent and anything in between:
  • Unique RMS and Knee functions to soften the compression sound.
  • Interpolate between a fast and slow release curve for an ‘optic’ style response.
  • Adaptive saturation: Like an old tube compressor, the more you push a signal the more it gets saturated.
“Dragon Fire … goes to places no other compressor does and makes you think about dynamics in a way you have not before!” – Kamikaze Space Programme (Mord, Osiris Music, Unrush)
Besides its Shape features it offers a:
  • Push-pull graph: An easy-to-use, eq-style graph to control how the compressor reacts to different frequency ranges and smartly shaping the track’s tonal balance with the pull dial.
  • Easy switch to use the compressor in classic mode as a single band compressor.
  • Transparent clipper: Use it heavily to add extra dirt and saturation.
  • Comes with creative and classic compressor styles presets including instruments like guitars, bass, vocals & drums.

The possibilities with the Dragon Fire https://www.denise.io/store/denise/DragonFire are endless. Please go try the Dragon Fire for yourself and find a FREE trail and plenty of examples on our website www.denise.io. The Dragon Fire is offered for limited time at 50% off. Instead of €82/$99, get it for €40.50/£36/$49.90 (€49 incl. VAT). Go Tonal!
denise Audio - Shape your sound
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KVRAF
20587 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:51 pm

That looks really fabulous, I must say!

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KVRist

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251 posts since 22 May, 2018 from Berlin

Post Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:25 am

jens wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:51 pm
That looks really fabulous, I must say!
Thanks for your kind words jens. It also sound pretty fabulous...Have you tried out the plugin? We offer an unlimited trial use of the plugin to all users: https://www.denise.io/store/denise/DragonFire
denise Audio - Shape your sound
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KVRist

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251 posts since 22 May, 2018 from Berlin

Post Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:49 am

Hi KVR people,

David from Mix Bus TV will be giving his review of the Dragon Fire as well as how he used the plugin on YouTube at 7:30pm CET.

Here's the link if you want to tune in live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjgJSIsjaDw

Naturally, the video will stay on YouTube after the premier so if you miss the premier you haven't missed anything at all.

Enjoy!
denise Audio - Shape your sound
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www.denise.io

KVRAF
20587 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:35 am

Denise.Audio wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:25 am
jens wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:51 pm
That looks really fabulous, I must say!
Thanks for your kind words jens. It also sound pretty fabulous...Have you tried out the plugin? We offer an unlimited trial use of the plugin to all users: https://www.denise.io/store/denise/DragonFire
tbh I still didn't - too lazy to do that log in/ purchase demo thing...

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KVRist

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251 posts since 22 May, 2018 from Berlin

Post Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:11 am

Wytse of White Sea Studio reviewed the Dragon Fire plugin in his classic style...Brutally honestly, which we look forward to. He didn't pick up on the fact that the plugins are now resizable, but apart from that everything else seems fair with some input into features he'd like to see. Do you agree with him?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKO2EIclyeU
denise Audio - Shape your sound
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KVRist
190 posts since 16 Mar, 2004

Post Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:00 pm

Wytse definitely knows his stuff, and if one or two of his ideas are doable I'd abide. :tu:

As it is, Dragon Fire is the Tits! More visualization would make it more intuitive. I do like the separate mad scientist/right-brain musician interfaces idea a lot.

KVRAF
20587 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:58 am

zentatonic wrote:
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:00 pm
Wytse definitely knows his stuff
:hihi:

KVRian
849 posts since 8 Mar, 2009

Post Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:29 am

Denise.Audio wrote:
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:11 am
Wytse of White Sea Studio reviewed the Dragon Fire plugin in his classic style...Brutally honestly, which we look forward to. He didn't pick up on the fact that the plugins are now resizable, but apart from that everything else seems fair with some input into features he'd like to see. Do you agree with him?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKO2EIclyeU

I think you mean brutally clueless :hihi:

I'm assuming most people watch him cause they find him entertaining? It can't be his insights to stuff which are often way off the mark

And yeah, why would i watch the videos of somebody i seem to not like, well i have a lot of very annoying friends who often link the videos to me :x

This chaps in no position to declare whether or not things are "snakeoil"
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KVRAF
2296 posts since 2 Jun, 2016

Post Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:48 pm

^^ not a big fan of his then? :lol:
(TBF, he must be doing something right as unlike most KVR members, he's been a professional mastering engineer for several years and has some pretty decent credits - as well as some very nice gear!).


Dragon Fire certainly looks like a pretty fresh take on compression.
However, like probably everyone else here, I already have many favourite compressors which I reach for.
The current intro price is tempting though...

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