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MultiDynamics 7

Multi Band Compressor Expander Plugin by Wave Arts
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MultiDynamics 7
MultiDynamics 7 by Wave Arts is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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MultiDynamics 7 is a powerful multi-band dynamics processor useful for mastering, track processing, sound design, and noise reduction. MultiDynamics provides up to 6 bands with independent compression or expansion/gating per band.

Multiband dynamics processing combines the techniques of equalization and dynamics processing, but is more powerful than a static equalizer or a single band dynamics processor. Below are some of the possible ways to use MultiDynamics 7:

  • Frequency-dependent dynamics. A simple application of multiband dynamics is to apply compression or expansion to a specific frequency range. For example, you may want to compress the vocals in a mix without affecting the low frequencies (bass, kick drum) or high frequencies (snare, cymbals). This is easily done by creating a midrange band to cover the vocal range and setting it to compress.
  • Level-dependent EQ. You can also think of multiband dynamics as providing EQ which is dependent on the level of the input sound. For example, you might want to brighten the sound of a high hat, but only when the drums are played softly. This can be accomplished by setting up a high frequency band that increases gain when the input is below threshold. This is more powerful than using a shelving EQ which will change the tonal balance at all levels equally.
  • Noise reduction. Another powerful use of MultiDynamics 7 is noise reduction. This is accomplished using multiple gating bands where the thresholds are set just above the ambient noise level. MultiDynamics 7 excels at de-noising and doesn't suffer from artifacts typical of FFT-based de-noisers.
  • Ducking. You can use MultiDynamics 7 to duck music behind narration so the foreground dialog stays intelligible when mixed with the background music. Using a multiband processor allows the music to be ducked only in the frequency ranges where there is dialog energy, which makes for a more transparent effect.

Some of what's new in MultiDynamics 7:

  • All new interface with dark theme.
  • Now supports extensive sidechain capability. Each dynamics band can be driven from the input signal or an external sidechain input. You can also specify wide-band or band-filtered signal, or select either the input or external signal filtered by a separate sidechain EQ. Hence you can drive one frequency band based on the signal from another frequency band.
  • New Learn feature automatically sets band thresholds to detected peak or RMS levels.
  • A peak limiter has been added to the output processing.
  • Input meters and an input gain control have been added.
  • User selectable display ranges for dynamics gain and input levels.
  • New metering section with options for peak, peak & RMS, RMS, and K-system meters.
  • Realtime spectrum display with many options.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
MultiDynamics 7

Reviewed By jontornblom [all]
February 16th, 2010
Version reviewed: 5.49 on Mac

Multidynamics 5 is a joy to use.

It has all the features I could want in a multiband dynamics processor.

There are a few options for people wishing to find a multiband dynamics processor, and I seriously looked into as many as I could. After working with many extensively, I can say with confidence that WaveArts' contribution has never left me wanting, or wishing that I had x plugin as well.

Pros:

-Extremely easy to use. The GUI is laid out in a most efficient manner. It even accomodates different approaches to adjusting the dynamic response of the bands (knobs, dB vs Hz graph, and dB vs dB graph in top right).

-Great sound! Unlike many MB processors, I have actually never ever felt like I needed to fight with this plugin to get what I want. I just dial it in. The first try is usually exactly sounds like what I was expecting.
Even with 6 bands engaged, the sound is clean. Not 100% transparent, but very nice.

-More than enough features. The minimum attack time being greater than 0, and maximum ratio of 50:1 may make people feel as if it could not be used for multiband limiting, but remember that if you set the lookahead to 1 ms, then set your attack to 1 ms, it's essentially a 0ms attack time(not exactly, but it works well enough to use it in this way). It should not be confused with a multiband brickwall limiter, but it is decent for multiband traditional limiting.

-Crossover slope, and knee options are sensible (if predefined) and very handy for finding the sound you are looking for.

-Rock Solid in terms of stability.

-Vintage/Clean mode are both very nice sounding, very useful, and very well suited to the material that I've used them on.

-Expansion is crucial to the versatility of this plugin, and it is present.

-Hi gain and lo gain is actually preferable IMO to makeup gain and maximum gain reduction controls.

-Ability to add/subtract bands. Consequently, functions quite well as a single band compressor. Use two bands to emulate sidechain filtering.

-GUI does not take up much space, but is not cramped or difficult to read.

-Very efficient CPU consumption.

Cons:

-Lack of a makeup gain may be confusing at first.

-Threshold graph seems a bit clunky.

-Does not feature mid/side decoding/encoding.

Summary:
Love this plugin. Great sound, very well featured, more than worth the money, simple to use, stable. Drawbacks are minimal and disappear with one to two hours of use. If it incorporated mid/side functionality, I would truly feel spoiled.
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