Diagnostic Sound Design Audio Suite Descriptions


DSD Audio Suite Descriptions

Console Creator

Asks the user about genre and recording paths before beginning, and sets up the entire session with correct labels, routing, and basic plugins


Overload Rationer (The PieMeter)


A set of plugins that don’t allow the user to clip the dry master output channel.

The importance of each instrument is defined at the beginning of the project, and the plugin will not physically allow the user to push faders past the area where clipping will begin.

Meters are shown by filling in circles rather than pushing ‘up’ volume sliders.

There are allocated and bottom up pie chart views, color coded to spec


Analysis MasterMeter


GainGenie – Illustrations and tips for correct microphone recording, including a full-screen meter to help the user physically adjust the correct gain knobs

Define5 Frequency Labeler– A five-band, movable frequency analyzer tool that allows the user to solo and define parts of an instruments spectrum in his or her own words

OnTarget Cue – intelligently allows the user to A/B solo tracks to a perfectly recorded dry track of the same sort

KeyBucket link


BPM counter




PhraseBucket – keeps short melodic phrases organized; has anchor to include pickup points

GrooveBucket – keeps groove maps organize; includes anchor point to allow for pickups

ProgressionBucket – chord progression notes and potential suggestions

KeyBucket – allows a user to determine the key a phrase is in by establishing energy values at different frequencies

SnapshotBucket – allows users to take a screenshot, or allows them to import camera photos of people, guitars, amps, settings, etc.


Timeline Dynamics Mapper


Allows users to define different time-based sections of songs (ie intro, verse, chorus, bridge, outro), and what that means dynamically

Once defined, the plugin will automatically adjust the gain of a group until the target dynamic is reached, in real-time.

Includes phrase-based processing.




“Listens” to phrases instead of individual notes, and hardwires the automation in to set it to a specific RMS value.


Monitor Corrector


Works with the USB decibel meter and room correction microphone to adjust the frequency output of the room’s monitoring system to be consistent, flat, and true.


ReduceEQ – Standard, Verbal, System


Instead of increasing energy to a certain frequency range, the ReducEQ will lower the volume of the surrounding frequencies instead.

The Standard version will include typical numbers.

The Verbal version will allow users to adjust based on the words they have assigned the various ranges in the MasterMeter.

The System Version will lower the volume level of all of the other tracks at that particular frequency range.




CrowdOut – adds applause, bar noise, club noise, ‘popcorn’ noise, traffic noise, or weather noise to a mix, to see what areas of the song get covered or accentuated


FreakOut – random effects generator to prevent ear fatigue





This is the best explanation of ear fatigue I’ve found printed so far –



“The longer you spend listening exclusively to one loop, one vocal part or one whole track, the quicker your ability to make objective mixing decisions fades.

Comparison is your best friend in this situation. The longer you listen to one piece of music, or one EQ setting, the quicker your ears adjust and get ‘comfortable’ with what they are hearing. This is a nasty trick your ears play on you and the only way to combat the adjustment is by making regular comparisons to other sounds.”

The FreakOut plugin will push and pull and different random places within the mix or the audio channels to destabilize your ‘comfort’ hearing. When the settings go back to where users put them, they will be once again ‘hearing’ what is actually there, until ear fatigue sets in again.

FakeOut – plugins that moves fake parameters, for the placebo effect


Under the Weather


Hardware software combo that measures environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, wind speed, light intensity) and generates inaccuracies in signal flow (panning, volume, flutter) that mimics what might occur in a studio with real gear under those conditions.


Will essentially reduce the ‘stale’ and ‘plastic’ feel of some digital processing environments


Catch 27


A gain plugin that will do the final calculations in order to print audio tracks at -27 LUFS inside the user’s DAW.


Section Gain Automator


The Section Gain Automator will build in the automation for different sections of the track (ie intro, verse, chorus, etc). Once users define what the sections mean – louder, clearer, more intense – the SGA plugin will create those changes in the xBus system.


Genre Corrector


The Genre Corrector will potentially more different aspects of a song to different dynamic ranges. For example, a dance kick drum goes in the Punch xBus, but a jazz kick drum goes in the Body xBus. They are both kick drums. The Genre Corrector would have an interface that would adjust the dB rating down 7.5 dB to correct for that.