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TDR Nova

Dynamic Equalizer Plugin by Tokyo Dawn Labs
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TDR Nova by Tokyo Dawn Labs 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.
VST, Audio-Unit or AAX compatible plugin host.
Win XP SP2 or above.
VST, Audio-Unit or AAX compatible plugin host.
Mac OS X 10.6.8 or above.
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TDR NOVA is a parallel dynamic equalizer. Appearing in the familiar layout of a parametric equalizer, each band also includes a full featured dynamics section allowing the processor to cover an impressively wide range of applications. Be it a master lacking density, the drum bus asking for more crispiness, or a sibilance problem in your perfect take: NOVA has an elegant answer.

A user friendly WYSIWYG drag and drop display paired with a classic "knob" interface gives quick and smooth access to the various parameters driving NOVA's powerful processing capabilities. With its four dynamic EQ bands and additional high-pass and low-pass filter sections, NOVA can meet the most exotic demand. Intuitive equal loudness functions help finding the optimal setting without getting distracted by loudness differences.

In practice, the processor covers a whole bucket of tasks:

  • Parametric equalization.
  • Dynamic equalization.
  • Frequency selective compression.
  • Multi-band compression.
  • Wideband compression.

Of course NOVA features all helpers and work-flow enhancements you've come to expect in a TDR plugin: A preset manager, undo/redo, A/B, detailed documentation, copy & paste, and much more.

TDR Nova is free. The improved "Gentleman's Edition" is available here.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.29 from 7 reviews
TDR Nova

Reviewed By Maussa [all]
September 22nd, 2021
Version reviewed: 2.1.0 on Windows

Anyone else hearing the smear in phase really audibly?

I would love it for the gui, can't keep it due to sound.

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TDR Nova

Reviewed By Vatche [all]
August 30th, 2021
Version reviewed: 2.1 on Windows

For me, by far the best Dynamic EQ that's free.

Did you know that it also supports Upward Expansion? Lower the ratio of the band below 1:1. Need I say more?

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TDR Nova

Reviewed By PureBasic [all]
April 11th, 2021
Version reviewed: 2.1.4 on Windows

Sorry guys. I'm removing two stars. This VST is very good and can be a life saver when going surgical on some complex sounds. But it is very hungry for CPU, like the Kotelnikov.

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TDR Nova

Reviewed By dissofiddle [all]
March 21st, 2021
Version reviewed: 2.1.4 on Windows

Nova is so impressive for a lot of reasons.

I could easily cost 100 ou 200 hundred euros, and still be impressive.
As you know, it is a excellent dynamic EQ, and the compression sounds very natural.

What is less obvious if you didn't try it, is its sound quality, which is as good or even better than proQ and other.

So what the catch here ???

The catch is that it uses a lot more CPU thant ProQ or other plugins and has less features (only 4 bands, no linear mode, no per band listening, no m/s mode etc.)
However, .It has a very good automatic gain compensation and is free.
So it CPU use and these features doesn't matter to you, it is the best.

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TDR Nova

Reviewed By heavymetalmixer [all]
November 23rd, 2018
Version reviewed: 2.0 on Windows

After some testing this is my opinion on how TDR NOVA 2 is (I only tried the free version):

1) EQ.

2) Compressor.

3) Side-chain compressor.

4) Dynamic EQ (possible side-chain too).

5) Expander (fractionary ratios).

6) Limiter (Inf:1 ratio).

Regarding EQ and dynamics this plugin does EVERYTHING and it sounds freaking awesome (at least on Precise quality mode).

If you want Lookahead you can do it manually by copying the track, moving it to the left the ammount of samples you want the lookahead to be, and to use NOVA as side-chain compressor on the original track while it listens to the moved track.

I can't help but feel like I got an early christmas gift lol..

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Comments & Discussion for Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Nova

Discussion: Active
27 November 2018 at 4:05am

Thank you much! This is an unexpected gift.

12 December 2018 at 2:04pm

Thank you for fixing bugs and update.



9 October 2020 at 5:09am

Hi there.

I was using TDR Nova with Garageband on my MacBook Pro. I upgraded to an iMac (Mac OS Catalina 10.15.6) and Logic Pro X but I can't get TDR Nova to work. I get a message saying "TDR Nova.component" can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software. I've downloaded TDR Nova again from the website; I've checked that it's in the appropriate file location (with TDR Kotelnikov, which works fine on the new computer and with Logic); I"ve deleted it and downloaded it again, just in case; I've switched off my iMac and re-started to try that. Nothing works.

Am I doing something wrong or is there a problem with the software? Any clues/ help is appreciated.



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