McDSP has announced the release of the SA-2, a dialog processor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Dialog. The focal point of any movie, television show, documentary, or for that matter, any creative media production involving the spoken word. Add to the mix a sweeping musical score, dozens of foley effects, and plenty more – and it becomes clear the job of dialog mixing is a tall order. After all, if you can’t hear what the actors are saying, why watch it at all!!

The SA-2 Dialog Processor is based on hardware originally conceived by Academy Award winning rerecording mixer Mike Minkler and used on over 100 major motion pictures. The SA-2 is designed to improve the overall sound of recorded speech. But the SA-2 is not just for dialog. It’s equally useful for vocals, and is a great tool for adjusting the timbre of any track, a reliable de-esser, and a fine multi-frequency compressor, in our completely biased opinion.

The SA-2 Dialog Processor is made up of 5 bands of active equalization, configured in a variety of modes to best address common issues of dialog. Each band of active equalization has a threshold control to determine at what signal level the active equalizer begins to effect the signal. There are also enable buttons for each band to quickly audition the effect of any given band. Two mode selectors – one for controlling the ballistics of the active equalization, and a second for placing the five bands at strategic locations in the frequency spectrum. Finally, there are input and output gain controls for overall adjustment.

SA-2 features

  • Five independent bands of strategic active equalization.
  • Multiple process modes for a variety of applications.
  • Unique signal reduction metering.
  • Double precision processing.
  • Ultra low latency.
  • Mono and stereo versions.

The SA-2 Dialog Processor plug-in is part of the new v6.1 update, along with a number of added tools and support for many McDSP plug-ins.

Changes in McDSP v6.1

  • SA-2 Dialog Processor plug-in.
  • Revolver Impulse Response Creation Tools now available for AAX format (as Audio Suite).
  • Support for Sonar (VST/VST3 versions).
  • Support for S6 EQ and Dynamics curve data display (AAX only).

All current Everything Pack v6 owners will acquire the SA-2 Dialog Processor for free, they will simply need to download the latest installer on the McDSP website. If purchasing individually, the SA-2 HD will be available for $249 USD, with the SA-2 Native available for only $149 USD. All current McDSP plug-in owners can download the v6.1 release for free at the McDSP downloads page.

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