Playfair Audio has announced the release of a new dynamics processor that is designed with creative expression in mind.

Inspired by digital image processing tools, Dynamic Grading is a unique and versatile plugin that extracts the essence of audio dynamics, and gives you maximum control without complicated signal chains or urban compressor myths.

Dynamic Grading is an entirely novel approach to dynamic processing of audio. Unlike traditional dynamic processors like compressors or expanders, which are notoriously hard to adjust, Dynamic Grading lets you mix with more confidence than ever before. It does so by showing you an easily comprehensible histogram of audio dynamics, providing you with intuitive and easy-to-use means for manipulating it graphically, and using sophisticated and musical dynamic processing algorithms.

The Dynamic Grading method is inspired by digital image processing tools, where the use of histograms and grading curves is well-known and established to adjust the dynamics of brightness in images. With Dynamic Grading, these concepts have been adapted and tailored to practical use in music production and audio engineering for the first time.

Priced 149 EUR / $169 USD, Dynamic Grading is available in VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats for Windows and Mac.

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