Official emulations of respected hardware 07/03/18
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Softube has launched a pair of Weiss plug-ins - the DS1-MK3 and the MM-1. A spokesperson told us, "Some brands become synonymous with their fields. They so revolutionise and define their product or process that true experts can’t see beyond them. When it comes to audio mastering, the one-and-only name is Weiss."
Here's the story in Softube's own words...
Softube Launches Official Weiss DS1-MK3 Mastering Plug-in
Mastering compression,limiting, and de-essing without compromise. Every mastering engineer’s fondest dream is about to come true.
Since its launch in the 1990s the Weiss DS1 has become an absolute gold-standard unit, indispensable in mastering studios around the world despite a premium price tag. Its transparency, unparalleled versatility, and exceptional sound quality make it a must-have, heard (or rather not heard) on pretty much any major record you’d care to mention from the last twenty years. And in that time updates and improvements by Weiss have led to the near-perfection of the DS1-MK3. And now for the first time ever, it is available as a plug-in from Softube, offering more flexibility than ever in a modern DAW environment, at a fraction of the cost.
What is the Weiss DS1-MK3?
This digital compressor/limiter/de-esser performs tasks no analog unit ever could, across a wider range
of settings. World-renowned mastering engineer, Bob Katz, author of Mastering Audio (hailed by Sound
on Sound magazine as ‘the definitive work on mastering’), and three times Grammy winner, described the
original hardware unit as ‘impeccable’, saying ‘it is the most transparent, refined, flexible, and least “digital-sounding” dynamics processor I have ever used.’
Working in collaboration with Weiss Digital Audio, this latest addition to the already rich and desirable
Softube product range has been almost three years in development. Porting the code perfectly, line by line,
Weiss MM-1 ‘Mastering Maximizer’ : Loudness Done Right
Based on the legendary Weiss DS1-MK3, the centerpiece of mastering studios the world over (and also now available as a Softube plug-in), the future of fast and professional mix maximizing is now here - the MM-1 Mastering Maximizer.
Featuring the very same algorithms as the original digital hardware unit, the MM-1 offers five flavours of limiting; Transparent, Loud, Punch, Wide, and De-ess; intelligently progressing as the ‘amount’ knob turns, and blendable with the mix control, to give users precisely the rightamount of power over the feel of their masters.
Crucial to this plug-in is that it can’t sound bad - the intelligent processes happening under the hood as
the amount knob turns; the filtering, compression, de-essing, and so on; have been carefully designed by
highly experienced mastering engineers using the industry standard DS1-MK3 as a foundation.
And there’s no better mastering limiter out there. This product allows users to get their mixes exactly as loud as they want, with exactly the sound they want, without sacrificing dynamics and musicality.
• Simple interface controlling detailed expert mastering processes.
• Five ‘flavours’ of limiting available.
• Contains the very same technology as the legendary hardware mastering processor, the Weiss MM-1.