The Weiss DS1 hardware is considered to be an absolute gold-standard in the mastering world because of its transparency, versatility, and top draw sound quality. It took several years for Softube to develop a “like for like” plug-in version of the DS1 hardware. This is not an emulation, it is, in fact, an exact line for line code port from the original digital hardware.
At first glance, Softube’s DS1 appears to not be the cheapest plug-in in the world but if you were to buy the original DS1 hardware you would be in for a £10,000 investment. If you have ever had your eye on the original hardware but could afford the price tag then this plug-in clone of the DS1 hardware does represent fairly good value for money
So what is the DS1? It’s a de-esser, compressor and limiter unit that produces very transparent results, but it doesn’t do all three processes at once. Users can either use this as a de-esser and limiter, or compressor and limiter.
Watch the video to hear us test Softube’s Weiss DS1-MK3 limiter performance and de-essing capabilities on a full band mix that’s ready for mastering but has some sibilance issues that need attention.
Visit the Softube website for more information about Weiss DS1-MK3 plug-in.
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