Developed by George Massenburg, the original developer of the parametric EQ, the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWDRC2-Native is a high-performance Dynamic Range Controller AAX Native, VST3 and AU plug-in .

Massenburg DesignWorks MDWDRC2After 26 years of progressive research into dynamic loudness perception and patent approvals from around the world, MDW has devised a proprietary technology that it terms VEA (Variable Exponent Averager), which is able to vary its detector’s sensitivity from RMS-responding to peak-responding.

Employing this VEA technology, the MDWDRC2 is a ‘different kind’ of automatic gain control that continues the advanced sensing and broad applicability established by the GML 8900.

The MDWDRC2 is best used as a Dynamic Loudness Controller which responds to loudness more as our ears and brain do. It is fundamentally an RMS sensing device, as contrasted with an ‘average sensing’ or ‘peak sensing’ device, meaning its detectors can respond to loudness rather than peak or average digital (or electrical) level. The result is 10-20dB gain reductions in the DRC2 that are virtually inaudible by traditional measure.

This approach is claimed to be the smoothest of dynamic gain adjustments with the ability to provide more apparent gain before artefacts occur. It retains the detail, warmth and dynamics from an original track, staying truer to the source sound. Using True RMS detection and the widest range of possible control, it can enhance audio in a broad range of applications, including vocals, instruments, effects, dialogue, stems, and all types of mixes for music, post, broadcast, streaming and live events.

MDWDRC2-Native full licence is available from the MDW web store for US$399, including Pro Tools AAX Native, VST3 and AU plug-in formats for a wide range of DAWs including Logic Pro, Cubase and Nuendo.


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