The DRP2a Stereo Dynamic Range Processor is a plugin emulation of the hardware unit manufactured by Rocksonics in the mid 1990's - with a few BONUS features only available in the plugin. The DRP2a is a "Swiss Army Knife" of dynamics processors capable of a multitude of functions - all within one little plugin interface including:
- dynamics compression.
- dynamics expansion.
- soft noise gating.
- pumping and MORE.
The DRP2a uses multiple layers of program-dependent RMS level detectors for smooth, low distortion "musical" results while being very simple to set up and operate. A single Threshold control sets the point at which compression and gating occur making it extremely fast to set up on guitars, vocals, bass, etc.
The DRP2a plugin offers the same time constants and controls as the original hardware unit including Ratio - which ranges from 10:1 compression to 1:1.9 expansion - Threshold, Makup Gain and Release speed. An Expander Gate control allows the selection of two different downward expansion ratios for the soft expander noise gate.
The plugin offers additional features not found in the original hardware unit including:
- Side Chain Input.
- Look Ahead.
- De-Essing emphasis control for the sidechain.
- Oversampled output Clipper/Limiter.
- Wet/Dry Mix control.
The DRP2a automatically switches for mono or stereo tracks to minimize CPU load making it an ideal compressor/gate and dynamic FX processor for mixing.
The DRP2a is a 64-bit plugin available as VST2, VST3 and AAX for PC and VST2, VST3, AU and AAX formats formats for Mac OS 10.7+ including OS Catalina.